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Amtrak Lionel Kid's Essay Contest 10th Anniversary

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06/30/2009 AT 07:33

From the inception of the essay contest, the Amtrak and Lionel partnership has been designed to inspire interest in trains and passenger train travel among children. Over 3,000 children have entered the essay contest in the past 10 years.

Entry forms are now available onboard 11 of Amtrak's western trains including the California Zephyr, Amtrak Cascades, the Coast Starlight, the Capitol Corridor, the Empire Builder, the Heartland Flyer, the Southwest Chief, the Pacific Surfliner, the Sunset Limited, the San Joaquin and the Texas Eagle. The trains carrying the entry forms will pass through 14 states from California to Illinois and are available to all riders under the age of 12. Entries may be submitted through August 31, 2009.

The Santa Fe El Capitan(TM) train set valued at $370 will be awarded to the grand prize winner and a Polar Express(TM) train set valued at $330 will be distributed to 14 lucky first place prize winners. Essays will be judged on content and originality. Prizes will be awarded in the fall.

Save on Summer Travel with Amtrak

Amtrak will make that summer trip affordable with new, lower fares including 25 percent off the lowest published coach fare ont Northeast Regional service between Washington, DC, New York, and Boston and extending the current lower fares on Acela Express.

30th Anniversary of Crescent Service

Amtrak will commemorate the 30th anniversary of their operation of the historic Crescent service as part of National Train Day on May 9th with a special event in New Orleans, and smaller events at stops along the train's route in Atlanta, and Meridian and Hattiesburg, Miss.

Amtrak Details Stimulus Projects

Amtrak has released a list of capital projects to be funded by $1.3 billion from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

10 Years of Service in Pacific Northwest

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), Amtrak and the Oregon Department of Transportation are celebrating 10 years of Amtrak Cascades passenger rail service in the Pacific Northwest (Eugene, Ore. to Vancouver, B.C.).

$6 Million for Track Improvements from Kansas City

Motorists will spend less time at crossings waiting for trains to pass as a result of more than $6 million in track improvements made by Union Pacific Railroad to its Kansas City to Jefferson City line. The track improvements will allow trains to operate more efficiently on the route.

All Aboard Amtrak's Santa Trains

Amtrak and Santa invite kids of all ages to welcome the holiday season on Saturday, December 6 with a festive ride on one of North Carolina's Santa Trains, traveling from Charlotte and Raleigh. Jolly Ole St. Nick will greet all passengers with holiday treats.

Amtrak Prepares for Thanksgiving Travel

Anticipating the busiest travel week of the year, Amtrak is planning ahead for the Thanksgiving holiday and encouraging passengers to do the same.

St. Louis Opens $26.4 Million Transportation HUB

The City of St. Louis and Amtrak are pleased to announce the official grand opening of the Gateway Transportation Center (GTC), the city's new $26.4 million multimodal transportation hub.

New USA Rail Pass Available

Amtrak recently began offering the USA Rail Pass to all Amtrak customers worldwide, including those in North America. Previously, the pass was only available for purchase by residents outside of the United States and Canada.

Amtrak Hiawatha Service Ridership Sets Record

Amtrak Hiawatha Service trains have gained more than 150,000 additional passengers in the last 12 months, an increase of nearly 26 percent, and reached a total approaching three-quarter-million (749,659) passengers between Milwaukee and Chicago for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30.

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