On May 12th, America has one mission – celebrate the joy of trains and train
travel! Now in its fifth year, National Train Day will again be a coast-to-coast
celebration of America's love of trains. Join the fun and come celebrate with us
at the Lafayette Amtrak station! Festivities this year will include a model
railroading club from Indianapolis, IN, with participants from the greater
Lafayette area. The club models in what is called N scale. Other attractions
will include the parade of trains going by the station on Norfolk Southern and
CSX/Amtrak main lines.
The model railroad club will be inside the Romanesque style depot built in 1902,
(also known as Riehle Plaza), which sits over the current Amtrak station and
CityBus terminal. CiNtrak (Central Indiana NTrak), an N scale club based out of
Indianapolis, will have a public display of its N scale trains which are sure to
be a delight to young and old alike. If you have any questions about anything
model railroading or about the club, just ask one of the club members in blue
shirts and they will try to help you with your questions as best they can.
Donations are appreciated by the club to help offset costs.
The address for the event is 2nd street, Amtrak Depot at Riehle Plaza, downtown
Lafayette, IN. Hours for the overall event are 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with the
model railroad club starting the open house viewing at 10:00 a.m. We encourage
all families, grandparents and singles and people of all ages to come out and
enjoy the fun. This is a family friendly event and Handicap accessible event.
The event is on the site of the Amtrak, CityBus, and greyhound terminal. Its
within easy access of downtown Lafayette and has bicycle racks.
Hope to see you there!
FOR THE RAILFANS!
We encourage you to come out as long as you can. During daylight hours we get
between 10-20 trains on NS and CSX main lines, sometimes more. If you cant make
it up to Chicago, this is a great event to come to that is centered around
railfans and fellowship with other railfans, the exchange of photography
techniques and tricks, and good clean fun! If you have never railfanned in
Lafayette before, this is a great place to do it. The location is the Amtrak
station, CityBus and Greyhound bus terminals for easy use of public transit.
Lots of room and a pedestrian bridge over the three mainline tracks of NS and
CSX are a bonus. The downtown area abounds with restaurants, antique, boutique
and art shops so the family can have fun while you enjoy your hobby! If you
prefer the model railroading over railfanning, or a lull in trains occurs, be
sure to check out CiNtrak's layout inside the depot. Also, inside the depot are
public restrooms. So come on out with your cameras, tripods, lawn chairs,
coolers, scanners, and anything else you use while railfanning and join in the