Join the National Train Day Celebration at Verde Canyon Railroad
We are proud to celebrate National Train Day on Saturday, May 14, 2016.
On National Train Day, Verde Canyon Railroad applauds the important history of American railroads with an entertaining and educational event at their Clarkdale depot. Explore our outdoor storyboards and take a tour of the John Bell Museum.
Liberty Wildlife will be sharing rescued educational birds with all guests at the depot, as well as on board the train. A delicious BBQ ribs and chicken luncheon will be available for purchase on the patio in addition to many refreshing beverage options.
New exhibits in the Museum are rich with photography and print about Jerome, Cottonwood, Clarkdale, early ranchers, Yavapai-Apache natives and the illustrious copper industry with a network of rail lines (many now vanished) that shaped central Arizona.
The newly renovated John Bell Museum, teeming with vintage artifacts ranging from 100-year-old switch locks to railroad lanterns that span the same distance of time, is free and open daily to the public. Over the past 25 years, the keen-eyed maintenance-of-way crew has unearthed these hidden treasures along the railroad tracks. Input from prominent historians and supplemental images such as vintage postcard scenes and historic area photos, in cooperation with Clarkdale Heritage Museum, round out the Railroad’s fascinating history.
Eye-catching additions to the Verde Canyon Railroad visitor experience are depot storyboards, overflowing with details on the Verde Canyon encounter, pioneer spirit and railroad lore, installed along the quarter-mile length of the depot’s loading platform. Visitors will gather fascinating facts about the many animals, plants and people that have imprinted the Verde Valley and the Canyon through which the train passes. Specifics on the railroad’s vintage FP7 locomotives and historic rail cars also are shared via storyboards.
The classic style and impeccable service of Verde Canyon Railroad is reflective of the magnificent Canyon through which the train travels on a daily basis. Visitors from all over the world have appreciated both the raw power of the FP7 engines and mid-century style of the restored Pullman train cars.