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Flagstaff for National Train Day: May 10, 2014

National Train Day is family fun! 2013 photo
National Train Day is family fun! 2013 photo
Amtrak

It is befitting that Flagstaff, Arizona will host one of 210 National Train Day events throughout the U.S. that will be happening Saturday, May 10, 2014. The City of Flagstaff’s history has been intertwined with the railroad since its inception. The Atlantic and Pacific Railroad laid iron rails through the sparsely populated area in the early 1880s just before Flagstaff became the seat of the newly created Coconino County in 1891. It took another three years for Flagstaff to be incorporated as a town. The two infant entities grew to be the largest commerce center in northern Arizona.

Flagstaff Visitor Center is located at the train depot
Flagstaff Visitor Center is located at the train depot
Stacey Wittig

Celebrate the heritage of Flagstaff and trains by joining the Flagstaff Amtrak station staff and The City of Flagstaff for a day of train-related, free family activities, including:

  • live music,
  • displays of railroad items from the Pioneer Museum and the Model Railroad Club,
  • tours and
  • raffles. This year’s raffle prize includes a free round-trip train trip between Flagstaff and Los Angeles.

Stay at Fall Inn to Nature Bed and Breakfast where you can walk one of the raised railroad beds that was built in the late 1800s. The rails are long gone, but if you look closely you’ll see remnants of old wooden ties and perhaps a rusted iron spike used to hold rails in place. The line which was built for hauling lumber ran from what is now called the Mormon Lake and Lake Mary areas to the Riordan Mill that was located just south of Mars Hill in west Flagstaff.

The charming Flagstaff B&B is located on Lake Mary Road only 4.6 miles or nine minutes from the Flagstaff Amtrak Station, which is the location of the Flagstaff Visitor Center and the National Train Day festivities. You may walk out the backdoor of Fall Inn to Nature Bed and Breakfast, onto the large private, patio area and then into the Coconino National Forest to walk the historic railroad-bed trail which is visible from the inn.

When it’s time for breakfast, hostess Annette Fallaha prepares a full meal of delights for the hungry trainiac. Annette knows her breakfasts – she’s been in the bed and breakfast business since 1998. Her specialties, strawberry-stuffed French toast or the ample green chile and chive egg breakfast croissants, or something equally tasty is served after the fresh fruit course. The Flagstaff B&B innkeeper’s warmth and hospitality will make you feel relaxed and nurtured in this natural setting. Make sure you pick Annette’s brain for the best places for dinner. As an active member of the Flagstaff community, she has all the insider tips.

Flagstaff Train Day Schedule: May 10, 2014
10 a.m. Train Station Tour by Johnny Anaya
11 a.m. Railroad history presentation by Jerry Snow
12 p.m. Train Station Tour by Johnny Anaya
1 p.m. Performance by the Knockabouts

In addition to these activities, train buffs can visit booths featuring the Grand Canyon Railway, Northern Arizona University Alumni Association and National Association of Railway Passengers. And as always, the Visitor Center staff will be onsite to assist with travel needs and visitors can browse the selection of train items in the gift shop. Grand Canyon National events:

Flagstaff Train Day Celebration
Saturday, May 10, 2014
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Flagstaff Visitor Center, 1 E. Route 66

Fall Inn to Nature Bed and Breakfast
4555 S. Lake Mary Road
Flagstaff, AZ 86005
888-920-0237

Past National Day Celebrations