Where Natural Wonder Meets Industrial Wonder
Railroad Day at Natural Tunnel State Park Saturday July 13, 2013
Do you remember the wonder you felt as a kid when a train rolled through town? I can remember being fascinated by the size and sound as each car sped past. I always wondered where the train had been and where it was heading. In my mind, a train engineer seemed like one of the coolest jobs ever.
Natural wonder meets industrial wonder
So, when I heard Norfolk Southern Railroad are partnering together to share this natural wonder and promote railroad safety.
The railroad is full of history
The day will begin with a welcome ceremony held at the park’s Visitor Center at 9:30 a.m.The ceremony will include both state park and railroad officials.
A Rare Opportunity
Between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., guests will be welcome to go to the tunnel, either by foot or chairlift. Due to visitor safety issues, the tunnel has been closed to foot-traffic for the past several years but for this event only, a waiver has been obtained that will allow visitors to explore the tunnel.
The train schedule has been adjusted so no trains will actually be passing through the tunnel during the day. If you wish to see the trains in the tunnel, please consider staying at the park prior to or after this event (camping and cabin info can be found here).
A rare opportunity to explore the tunnel
Other activities include guided tours of the tunnel, Norfolk Southern engine onsite, and a free train photography workshop hosted by Casey Thomason.
Author Tony Scales will also be available with his book about Natural Tunnel. Light refreshments will be available for purchase.
This special event is free to the public, although all regular park fees do apply
For more information about Railroad Day at email the park.