National Train Day

by Linda Bradford

They cross thousands of miles across the countryside all over the world, transporting goods and passengers to places far flung, and bringing back the same to their point of origin. Two gleaming lines of silver lay their path, as they move through cities and forests, mountains and plains to bring everything to those who need it, whether it’s cargo or people. Of course, we’re talking about trains, those powerful machines that inspired so much of history and have done amazing things for economies and industry all over the world. Train Day commemorates these wonderful machines and the role they play in our lives.
–excerpt from https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/trainday/

National Train Day is the second Saturday of May each year. Celebrate trains this year on May 13, 2017.

Celebrations vary across the nation and from venue to venue, often including local and long distance train trips, specialty train trips (dinner trains, murder mystery trains, wine trains, Jazz trains, sightseeing trains), joining train clubs, railroad museum visits, amusement park train rides, train-themed movies and books, equipment displays, and model train displays from local clubs.

Locally, the Twin Cities Railroad Museum houses exhibits and displays of historical and current area trains, including the Illinois Central and Canadian National lines. The museum is designed to demonstrate the role and effect of the railroads in the lives of the people and businesses of the Fulton and South Fulton communities and related regional area.

Touching and fascinating reminders of days past, the museum’s collection of timetables, maps, current and historical books, photos, railroad lanterns, switch keys, switch locks, uniforms, a handcar, a baggage cart, depot bench, Tommy the Train, authentic uniforms, model trains, and paintings is constantly growing.

Also displayed in the museum are artifacts showcasing the history of the twin cities of Fulton, Kentucky, and South Fulton, Tennessee – including fun items such as souvenirs of the annual Banana Festivals!

Visitors can tour the museum, sit in an authentic engineer’s simulator, enjoy Tommy the Train, and watch intriguing model train demonstrations. They can also engage in conversations with railroad experts like museum Director James Rabbit Cruce, a retired conductor, and other engineers and conductors with over 100 years of combined experience. They will share many stories of the exciting world of trains and the local community.

The Twin Cities Railroad Museum is open Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. There is no charge, however, donations are appreciated. A suggested contribution is $1/adult with all children free.

The museum is located in the South Fulton Municipal Complex at 700 Milton Counce Drive on the corner of Broadway and Siegel Drive in South Fulton, Tennessee. For more information call 731-479-2640 or visit the website www.tcrailroadmuseum.org.

Here’s a list of other Kentucky and Tennessee railroad museums:

Paducah Railway Museum Paducah KY
Caldwell County Railroad Museum Princeton KY
Bluegrass Railroad and Museum Versailles KY
Casey Jones Home & Railroad Museum Jackson TN
Louisville & Nashville Railroad Station Museum Etowah TN
Memphis Railroad & Trolley Museum Memphis TN