Thurmond Train Day

If you grew up loving trains and being fascinated by the rail road, then hop on board as we tell you what is store for this weekend! New River Gorge Outdoor Recreation Planner, Claire Rozdilski told us, “This is our fourth annual Train Day, we offer a variety of free activities for people of all ages to come out and learn about Thurmond’s rail road history.” 

A few of the free activities feature, a Junior Ranger program where children are able to get their junior ranger badges. As well as story telling, historic walking tours of Thurmond, live music and much more. Resident of Thurmond, Melissa Mccune added, “Rj Corman will have their engine here so you can get your picture taken in front of it and we also have souvenir photos and a take home frame on the hand car.” 

With the town of Thurmond only having a population of five full-time residents, Train Day will be bringing in way more than that number and is also the only day of the year where the town has hundreds of visitors. The first train day started off with 150 people and has now grown to 700 hundred people in just the small town. However, for the residents this fun event means much more to them than just the number of people who come. “We want to keep the railroad in Thurmond, it was a railroad town and we want to make sure that the next generations to come understand how important trains are and trains will probably be in the future” said, Mccune. 

So don’t forget to hop on board and explore the historic town of Thurmond starting at 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on July 15th

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