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National Train Day Perfect Lead-In to Durand Railroad Days

Josh Strickland
Josh Strickland

Saturday May 13th marked the ninth year for National Train Day.  National Train Day was launched by Amtrak in 2008 to commemorate the completion of the first Trans-Continental Railroad and the ceremonial driving on the “golden spike” back in 1869.

My, how far we’ve come.

Click here to see some awesome related vintage images.

Meanwhile, my hometown, Durand — a city built around the railroad in the late 1800s and home, today, to the historic Durand Union Station and Michigan Railroad History Museum, will celebrate the 42nd annual Railroad Days festival.

This year brings a brand new midway, including an 80 foot tall Ferris wheel, and Durand Now has details on how everyone can ride for free!

There will be plenty to do and see, and if you’ve never done it, this weekend will be an extra good time to visit to the depot, Durand Union Station!

By the way, did you know that Amtrak still runs out of Durand Union Station?  So, if you want to go to Chicago or Port Huron or somewhere else and you want to take the train, you can actually depart from Durand and live a little history.

Alright, see ya this weekend in downtown Durand, Michigan — Railroad City U.S.A.

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