The agency has hosted the family-oriented event as a nod to its history as the former Southern Railways passenger station. Although passenger trains stopped running in 1951, the lines were used by freight trains until the early 1970s. This year, Railroad Days is expanding to celebrate other modes of transportation. There will be a model train display by the Athens Bend Track as well as a fire truck, police car, antique car show, VW club cars, and some other fun modes of transportation for the children (and adults) to enjoy. There will also be bar-b-que, inflatables, tractor rides, and other fun activities for children of all ages.
ACCA Board member, Bill Baxter helped start the event with friend and fellow model train enthusiast Mac McCutcheon. Baxter says the original goal of the event was twofold: to raise important funds for the agency and to provide a way for ACCA and the community to get to know each other better. It also provides a history lesson for younger generations. “Our youth need to know our country’s past to better understand the present. Railroads played an important part of the nation’s growth into a great and powerful player on the world scene. During the early and middle years of the 20th century Athens was served by five railroads,” he explains.
Railroad days will be at the ACCA campus on Saturday, March 10, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person or $20 for a family of 5. We are looking forward to seeing you at this annual Athens tradition. All proceeds of Railroad Days will benefit the general operations of ACCA.