The Amtrak Museum has Arrived in Burlington
The traveling Amtrak Museum has arrived in Downtown Burlington.
It will be open to the public starting tomorrow at 10am. We got a sneak peak of the exhibit today, and were shown a wide variety of Amtrak features dating back to 1970. Media Relations Manager, Marc Magliari, shared a little history…
“We began operating in 1971. What this takes you through are some of the milestones in Amtrak history, some of the advertising and things we have done over the years. We won an award from TIME magazine from the 50 Best Inventions when we were running a train using biodiesel made from beef tallow.”
While we were there, we also asked him about the future of the Burlington Train Depot…
“Our service here in Iowa is solid. Our California Zephyr is a pretty popular train. I can’t envision us not stopping in Burlington. What we want to do is work with the community and the state and others to do in Burlington what’s being done in Ft. Madison. They are in the closing stages of re-doing their train ststion. They have received state and federal funding to raise their station above the flood plain. Our plan is to relocate to where we are in the rail yard, back downtown in the next year or two. We need to build a train platform, but the station work is almost done. So that station has had a lot of attention, both from the community and funding agencies. It would be great to duplicate some of that effort here in Burlington.”
The free exhibit is open to the public tomorrow from 10-4 and Sunday from noon-5m.