Photo of the Amtrak's 40th Anniversary Celebration

Amtrak's 40th Anniversary Celebration
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Amtrak's 40th Anniversary Celebration Photo Gallery

Above: Club members watch over operations on the mainline. Photo Credit: Jim Spavins

Above: Folks enjoying trains running on the HO layout. Photo Credit: Jim Spavins

Below: A Northeast Region heads south towards New York during the Amtrak 40th Anniversary Show. Photo Credit: Jim Spavins

Article By: Jim Spavins
Show Date: July 23-24, 2011

On the scorching hot weekend of July 23-24, 2011, the Amtrak 40th Anniversary Train was parked out in front of New London Union Station as part of its nationwide trip celebrating the history of Amtrak. As part of this event, the club displayed a 12'x20' HO scale layout which featured Amtrak equipment cruising around the layout for the duration of the weekend.  We had good participation from the membership with plenty of help to setup and operate the layout.  The crowds were steady all weekend long as many locals came out to see the Amtrak 40th Anniversary train.  The train featured a number of exhibit cars filled with photos, models, and memorabilia since the start of Amtrak operations in 1971.

Besides the club's layout and the exhibit train, the show featured display's from the Amtrak Police Department, Operation Lifesaver, as well as a Chugginton Display.  Overall, it was a fun event and will hopefully lead to more displays at the station in the future.

Train Show at a Glance

Date: July 23-24, 2011
Location: New London, CT
Scale: HO
Highlights: Amtrak Anniversary

Module List
Brookside Farm
Gas Station Corner
KAJAC Paper
Lift Bridge
Marysville
Prairie Peddler
Rockville Corner
Swing Bridge
Prairie Corner

The HO layout setup as a part of the Amtrak 40th Anniversary Show.

The HO layout setup as a part of the Amtrak 40th Anniversary Show.