The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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July 16, 2014

Thurmond Railroad Day to feature Operation Lifesaver

 Once a thriving railroad town, Thurmond’s glory days can be relived this Saturday as historic walking tours, a hike and safety tips from Operation Lifesaver will comprise the first-ever Railroad Day.

The historic walking tour, on the hours of 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m., will be led by a National Park Service Ranger, and take in Thurmond’s commercial row. The tours, which celebrate the rich stories of this historic boomtown and the railroad, will begin at the Thurmond Visitor Center.

At 2 p.m., a Park Ranger will lead a 3-mile hike beginning at the Rend Trailhead on Rt. 25 near Thurmond. The hike is an easy stroll along an abandoned branch of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway and will last until 4:30 p.m.

Throughout the day, Operation Lifesaver will provide educational materials, displays and video  presentations emphasizing the value of rail transportation and promoting rail safety. Visitors can get their pictures taken on an historic railroad handcart while wearing their railroad hats. NPS rangers will assist with printing copies of the photos as a keepsake.

Operation Lifesaver raises awareness and improves public safety on and around highway-rail grade crossings and tracks through public awareness and education in all 50 states.

Thurmond Railroad Day begins at 10 a.m. and is sponsored by the National Park Service, the Thurmond Performance Team and Operation Lifesaver. Visitors of all ages are welcome at the event.

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