All aboard as Tifton, Ga., celebrates National Train Day

For train lovers, it was Christmas.

Locomotive enthusiasts celebrated National Train Day on May 13 at the Tifton Terminal Railway Museum.

National Train Day is the day to celebrate their love for the locomotives that connected the United States from East to West. On May 10, 1869 the golden spike was ceremoniously driven into the ground connecting the first Transcontinental Railroad.

Situated in the heart of downtown, the old railway platform has been transformed into a museum. For National Train Day, the museum teamed up with the South Georgia Model Railroad Club, bluegrass musicians and combustion engine fans to create their own celebration.

While the bluegrass group Old Friends played renditions of “Ring of Fire” and other classic country songs, visitors were welcome to tour the museum. Inside were artifacts on display like the old train log book, luggage that travelers used, and controls with colorful wires, buttons and nobs.

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