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Kids Ride for Free on Amtrak

April 27, 2011 By: George Dooley Travel Agent


Kids ride for free on Amtrak for a limited time as part of its 40th anniversary celebration.

Amtrak’s 40th anniversary is on May 1 and, to celebrate, Amtrak is offering a special kids free fare promotion, as well as debuting an anniversary website and a commemorative book and documentary DVD. In addition, Amtrak will exhibit its very own Exhibit Train, which showcases the railroad’s history, at various stations throughout the U.S.

As part of the Amtrak 40th anniversary celebration, children, ages 2 to 15, can ride free of charge for 40 days between May 1 and June 9 when traveling on the same itinerary with an adult who has purchased a regular adult rail fare. Families must make reservations in advance between now and May 6, and tickets must be booked a minimum of three days prior to travel in order to take advantage of the Kids Ride Free promotion. This offer is valid for sleeping car accommodations upon payment of a full accommodation charge. The discount code H859 must be applied and is valid on all Amtrak services except Acela Express, Downeaster, Capitol Corridor and Thruway bus series 7000-8999.

The Amtrak Exhibit Train will be touring the country after making its debut at the National Train Day event in Washington, D.C., on May 7. The free exhibit showcases Amtrak history over the decades, displaying memorabilia like vintage advertising, past menus and dinnerware, and period uniforms. Most locations also will feature train-themed kids’ activities at Chuggington Kids Depot. In addition, commemorative 40th anniversary merchandise will be available for purchase onboard the train.

The initial three-month schedule of the Exhibit Train for May through July is as follows. Information about each stop can be found on the official website, where upcoming locations and dates also will be posted.

May 7: Washington Union Station
May 14–15: Lorton Auto Train Terminal
May 21–22: Baltimore Penn Station
May 28–29: Philadelphia 30th Street Station
June 4–5: Perryville MARC Station
June 11–12: Harrisburg Amtrak Station
June 18–19: Strasburg Rail Road
June 25–26: Strasburg Rail Road
July 9–10: Springfield Amtrak Station
July 16–17: New Haven Union Station
July 23–24: New London Union Station
July 30–31: Providence Amtrak Station

The official website at provides details of the anniversary celebration and tells the Amtrak story by allowing users to explore 40 years of historic photographs and other materials in an extensive archive. The site also hosts a blog, provides a link to an online store where a variety of 40th anniversary merchandise can be purchased, and allows individuals to sign up to receive an email alert when the Exhibit Train is coming near their town.



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By George Dooley | April 27, 2011
Amtrak turns 40 this year, and celebrates with new promotions and events.
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