BILLINGS – Hundreds flocked to the Billings Depot Saturday to celebrate National Train Day.
The event is filled with fun activities for families, and safety education for the kids.
“National train day is all about celebrating the history of the railroad in Billings, helping educate the community about rail travel, and railroad safety,” said Michelle Williams Billings Depot executive director.
According to the Depot’s web site, in 2008, Amtrack started national train day to promote train travel and educate the public about train safety.
“We have live graffiti art from the Underground Culture Crew,” Williams said. “We have some science experiments from Wise Wonders. Kids can race our virtual train. We have train races, train painting. All kinds of really fun activities. We have two different model railroading groups here that are on display and showing their fun model trains. There’s just a lot of fun activities.
Williams says it’s important for kids to be safe around trains. She hopes to make that message stick with kids by allowing them to race a ‘virtual train’.
“We have operation life saver here talking about how to be safe around trains. And not to cross the railroad tracks,” Williams said. “Obviously kids aren’t able to beat the virtual train. The message there is to never try to race a real train, never play on the tracks.”
This is the second year the Billings Depot has hosted a national train day event. Williams says the depot plans to continue the event into the future.