Springdale, AR (PRWEB) April 15, 2014
Public ticket sales begin today for the National Railway Historical Society (NRHS) convention based in Springdale, Arkansas on June 10-15, which is drawing hundreds of railroad fans from across the world. Attendees will ride vintage trains over rare stretches of track, tour historic towns, museums and an Amtrak history train, and enjoy fascinating history seminars.
To purchase tickets for convention trains and events, visit the NRHS convention website at http://www.nrhs.com/2014_Convention.
Highlighting the six-day convention are four days of charter trains on the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad, pulled by classic “Alco” locomotives built in the 1960s and traveling rail lines that don’t normally host passenger trains. A June 10 trip to the Bentonville Branch is sold out, but tickets remain for several A&M specials:
On the weekend of June 14-15, Amtrak’s Exhibit Train will make a free appearance in Springdale, featuring a specially painted locomotive to commemorate America’s veterans and exciting displays showcasing the history of the nation’s intercity passenger railroad. To learn more about the Exhibit Train, visit: http://www.amtrak.com/exhibit-train.
Other convention events include:
The convention will be based at the Holiday Inn - Springdale and the adjacent Hampton Inn & Suites. Both hotels are offering special room rates of $99 per night (the hotels’ lowest rates are typically more than $130). Rooms include free breakfast offered in advance of morning events.
Several history and rail education seminars are available, along with the annual NRHS banquet. Scheduled speakers include the following:
Non-rail events include tours of the historic towns of Fayetteville and Eureka Springs, nearby War Eagle Mill, the famous Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Walmart Visitor Center located in the original Walton’s Five and Dime, and the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks.
“This year’s convention offers a unique opportunity to combine tourism, train travel and history in the Ozark Mountains, taking attendees behind the scenes and offering one-of-a-kind photo opportunities,” said Barton Jennings, NRHS convention chair.
Founded in 1935, the National Railway Historical Society (NRHS) preserves and raises awareness of America’s threatened railroad heritage. NRHS operates historic rail excursions and tours throughout North America and supports nearly 140 regional chapters. Since 1991, the non-profit organization has awarded nearly $600,000 in railroad preservation grants; it also sponsors RailCamp, a summer orientation program offering high school youth hands-on experience in the railroad industry.
NRHS Public Relations