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Hattiesburg hosts "National Train Day" event

Hattiesburg was one of more than 200 host sites for National Train Day. Hattiesburg was one of more than 200 host sites for National Train Day.

In downtown Hattiesburg Saturday, it was "all aboard" for fun and information about the importance of railway transportation in the U.S. Amtrak and the City of Hattiesburg hosted a National Train Day event at the historic train depot.

It was one of more than 200 similar events taking place across the country, celebrating the impact and history of train travel.

Parents at National Train Day checked out train displays and historic photos, while children played with toy trains.

Roe Dietrich of Lacombe, Louisiana and his 8-year-old granddaughter Raina Generose rode Amtrak from Slidell to Hattiesburg for the event.

"Slidell didn't have one this year, so I saw on the internet that Hattiesburg was going to have one, so I said let's ride the train up there and I'll take my granddaughter (for her) first time on the train," Dietrich said.

"We're trying to let everybody know that trains matter to their local communities, whether they're freight trains or passenger trains," said Suzi Andiman, director of employee communications for Amtrak. "We're very happy to bring these celebrations nationwide. This is the first time we've had all 50 states involved in this," she said.

"Trains and Hattiesburg and timber...it's synonymous, they all work together," said Johnny Dupree, mayor of Hattiesburg. "It's the reason why we're here. It's the reason why we put so much effort into renovating the depot, because it carries such history for us," he said.

Hattiesburg re-opened its renovated train depot in 2007. This was the sixth annual National Train Day.

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