Page 13: National Train Day on the Coast

Page 13: National Train Day on the Coast
An outdoor track provides fun for kids of all ages. (Photo source: WLOX News)
An outdoor track provides fun for kids of all ages. (Photo source: WLOX News)

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Saturday, people across the country will celebrate the rich history of the iron horses on rails and a love affair with train travel on National Train Day.

The Mississippi Coast Railroad Museum on Pass Rd. in Gulfport is a great place to spend the national holiday, and learn about history.

"It marks the anniversary of the Transcontinental railroad and the driving of the golden spike in 1869. It's 147 years ago," said Tim Billings.

The museum is dedicated to model railroading, and elaborate sets capture the joy of the hobby. After opening in 2015 in Gulfport, the museum recently expanded to include an outdoor track that invites kids of all ages to ride the rails.

In conjunction with National Train Day, museum will debut several trains on tracks behind the building. People can get on, and see what it feels like to ride around.

The model railroad club manages the museum and says it's important to constantly add attractions to draw visitors, and continue to tell the story of model railroading.

"We know that a museum that stays the same will die. We're trying to keep it fresh and new, and at the same time, fun for young old alike," Billings said.

National Train Day festivities will be in full swing at the museum on May 7 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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