Historic Rural Hall Depot celebrates National Train Day


Dear Editor, celebrate railroad history with us at the historic Train Depot and Railroad Museum at 8170 Depot Street in Rural Hall this Saturday, May 20 from 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Admission is free but donations will be accepted.

Special events for the day include: “The Foundation of the Railroad” by Vulcan Materials. Rural Hall Railroad History will be presented by the Rural Hall Depot and Train Museum. Children’s Story Time will be at the Red Caboose so bring a blanket or chair for comfort. There will be free miniature American flags by the Woodmen of the World, locomotives by the Yadkin Valley Railroad and food. Come and enjoy hot dogs and concessions by King’s Hot Dog’s.

The museum will be open all day. The Children’s Story Time begins at 2 p.m. There will be photo opportunities during the day and kids will be making a candy train! Upstairs in the depot there will be a “Farewell to Ringling Brother’s Circus” exhibit featuring a 1/4-scale of the 1917 Circus Street Parade pulled by Clydesdale and Perc heron horses with cage wagons, tableau wagons, canvas wagons, concession wagons, giraffe wagon, stake driver, quarter pole wagon, and a steam calliope as well as elephants, clowns and ponies.

Other circus related exhibits will feature: Strate’s Show train posters; “A Salute to Circus Elephants;” “Clown Alley;” a collection of Ringling Brothers Clowns, past and present; Photos of Ringling Circus trains; Old Ringling Brother’s posters and other circus memorabilia. There will be a photo gallery which will include “Setting up the Big Top” and last but not least—a special video titled “Circus Train” by the History Channel will be shown during the day and special circus band audios by the Royal American Shows Gavioli Band organ.

Across from the circus display, a remote controlled steam freight train will be set up complete with whistle, bells, smoke and ready for kids to operate. Pictorial displays of “Across the Country on Amtrak,” “When steam was King,” “Yesteryear’s Passenger Trains.”

The Depot and Museum are worth a visit and the displays inside are special and we invited you to visit us during the day Saturday for fun, food, history and lots of fun memories. See ya there! May all your days be railroad and circus days!

Ray Baird

Rural Hall

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