Amtrak’s Exhibit Train is making a stop at the Museum of the American Railroad in Frisco on Saturday and Sunday before heading to the Gulf Coast.
The specially outfitted passenger train, which features interactive exhibits, will be open for guests at MAR from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free.
The 510-foot long streamliner celebrates the history and romance of train travel, as well as Amtrak’s 45-year history.
Two specially painted locomotives that span 40 years of technology and arrayed in an historic Amtrak paint scheme lead the Exhibit Train, which includes four display cars (former baggage cars) that have been renovated and transformed into exhibit space. Information on major events and achievements covering more than four decades of company history are shown. At the end of the train, in a reconfigured Amfleet Café car, visitors may browse the gift shop.
The train, originally created in 2011 to celebrate Amtrak’s 40th anniversary, will be displayed on tracks within the museum grounds. Enter at the 6299 North Cotton Gin Road pedestrian gate. Free parking is available at the nearby Frisco Discovery Center. Other Museum exhibits will not be accessible due to ongoing construction.
The train will head south for Galveston for an appearance at the Galveston Railroad Museum, 2602 Santa Fe Place in Galveston, on Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The stop in Galveston is the last on the train’s 2016 schedule.
Since May, the train has been on display in St. Paul, MN; Brunswick, MN; Claremont, NH; Niagara Falls, NY; Grand Canyon Village, AZ; and Pueblo, CO.