Amtrak calls today "National Train Day" and you'll hear proclamations read all along the rails, celebrating the importance of trains in America. In Holland, the celebration starts when the Pere Marquette arrives from Grand Rapids, enroute to Chicago. The family-friendly event will include Amtrak Junior Conductor Hats.
But National Train Day has become popular enough that it forced the historic Coopersville-Marne Railway to open early, today.
"We were going to start our season next Wednesday," said General Manager Jerry Ricard, "but we got so many calls we actually added a departure trip at 11 o'clock."
Ricard tells WOOD Radio there is more general interest in trains these days than he's seen in years.
He says the younger passengers know more about trains, for which he thanks the Internet.
Today, for this special National Train Day run, the ticket office opens at 9:30 in Coopersville this morning for as many as 200 passengers. All Aboard at 10:40.