Train Festival 2011 adds Chicago, river train trips

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Crowds gather to watch three 0-4-0Ts pull the dead Pere Marquette 1225 at Train Festival 2009 in Owosso, Mich. The event drew more than 36,000; this year’s will be held in Rock Island, Ill.
TRAINS: Jim Wrinn
ROCK ISLAND, Ill. — Train Festival 2011 has added three trips to its lineup this year, complementing a long list of steam- and diesel-powered excursions. The event, planned for July 21-24, now includes trips on all three railroads serving the Quad Cities area.
Train Festival includes a variety of displays, plus long and short train rides. The last event, held in July 2009, drew more than 36,000 people to Owosso, Mich.
The events added include a Chicago-Rock Island one-way trip on the first day of the festival, and a return trip on July 25. Trains will call at Chicago Union Station, and use BNSF rails via Galesburg, Ill. Additionally, on July 24, passengers will be able to ride the Celebration Belle, a riverboat, to Muscatine, Iowa, then return on Canadian Pacific rails.
Already planned excursions will take place over Iowa Interstate, with short turns west to Walcott, Iowa, and longer turns to Iowa City, Iowa, and Bureau, Ill.
For a full schedule of Train Festival 2011 events, visit Tickets are available through the website.
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