P40,P42,#40 STEAM ENGINE,VIEWLINER
SLEEPER,AMTRAK COACH, MP15 OR GP ENGINE
Members of the Friends of Kingston Station are
invited to the Grand Celebration of the station's reconstruction.
Join hundreds of local citizens as we revel in the excitement of
completing a decade's work. Our dear old friend, the Kingston
Station has never looked finer.
In addition to meeting the state's major political
leaders, you will witness what is promised to be the last ever live
steam locomotive event at Kingston Station. Amtrak is
enthusiastically working with the Friends and the Valley Railroad in
Essex, CT to provide an equipment display that includes the Valley
Railroads steam locomotive No. 40, one of Amtrak's newest P42 diesel
locomotives, and a new Viewliner sleeping car. Other highlights of
the day include:
The Providence Brigade Band, which
features Civil War Era music
The Wakefield Civic Band
The South Kingstown High School
Fire apparatus on display
Book signing by Stella E. Burns of
Wakefield, author of The Lonesome Whistle's Call.
Food vendors of many flavors
And much, much more!
Festivities run from 10 AM to 5 PM,
with ceremonies and equipment display from Noon to 2 PM.
The Friends are doing most of the work in planning and
coordinating this event. Friends Board of Directors members Martha
McCabe, Frank Heppner, Dave Whelan, and Jack McCabe have been doing
yeoman's work in getting this event pulled together. But, for it to
happen smoothly, we need more volunteers.
Please help us out any way you can!
We need your help to:
Plan the final details of the celebration
Cover dozens of activities the day of the event
We will need your help with activities such as:
Promoting this celebration in your neighborhood
Make and post signs to guide visitors around during the
Set up before the event, including the Friend's own
Direct exhibitors and vendors to their assigned locations
Direct visitors to the main parking lot at the American
Power Conversion (APC) plant on Fairgrounds Road
Help people onto the free "parking lot to Station" shuttle
bus, being provided by RIPTA
Help with security, trash pick-up, and coordination
Clean up when it is over
The Friend's Board of Directors are meeting regularly to
plan this event. Please join us!
Over the years many members of the Friends have asked:
"What can I do to help the cause?" Well, this is your chance!
Please call Martha McCabe at 789-5374 to find out how you can help.
You'll be glad you did.
The next planning meeting for this celebration will be at
7:15 PM, Monday, April 27th, in the Station. Please join us.