On May 11, Yuma County Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority (YCIPTA) in conjunction with Amtrak will join communities across America to celebrate the importance of trains to their town at the sixth annual National Train Day.
More than 200 communities are expected to host events at local train stations, railroad museums and other locations commemorating this year’s theme “trains matter.” The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Quartermaster Depot State Historical Park, 201 N. 4th Ave., Yuma. This event is sponsored by YCIPTA, city of Yuma, Yuma Visitors Bureau, Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area Corporation, Yuma Live Steamers and Yuma Model Railroad Club.
“National Train Day invites communities big and small to share the importance of trains as a vital transportation option and engine of economic development and employment,” said Amtrak Chief Marketing & Sales Officer Matt Hardison.
Event offerings will include train equipment displays, jump houses, informational booths, interactive booths, model train displays, historic train displays throughout the grounds and family-friendly activities. People will be able to tour the Historic Quartermaster Depot and, Pivot Point where trains first crossed into Yuma and come see the actual event inside the supply warehouse.
There will be door prizes and a special “Put Mama on the Train!” raffle where attendees can win a round trip train ride from Yuma to Los Angeles, provided by Amtrak with shuttle services to and from the Amtrak station, provided by First Class Shuttle.