With the goal of sparking children’s interest in trains and train travel, Amtrak and Lionel are partnering this summer for the 11th Annual Amtrak-Lionel Kid’s Essay Contest to give children age 12 and under a chance to win a Lionel toy train set by describing what they like most about riding Amtrak. Entries may be submitted through August 31, 2010.
Entry forms are available onboard 11 of Amtrak’s western trains including the California Zephyr, Amtrak Cascades, Coast Starlight, Capitol Corridor, Empire Builder, Heartland Flyer, Southwest Chief, Pacific Surfliner, Sunset Limited, San Joaquin, and the Texas Eagle.
One grand prize winner will be awarded the Rio Grande Ski Train and 14 first place winners will be given the Polar Express G-Gauge train. Each essay will be judged on content and originality. Winners will be announced in October 2010.
Lionel LLC is one of the world’s leading marketers of model trains and accessories. Established in 1900, the Lionel name is the most widely recognized brand in the toy train industry and one of the most recognized brands in America.
As the nation’s intercity passenger rail operator, Amtrak connects America in safer, greener and healthier ways. Last fiscal year (FY 2009), the railroad carried 27.2 million passengers, making it the second-best year in the company’s history. With 21,000 route miles in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian provinces, Amtrak operates more than 300 trains each day—at speeds up to 150 mph (241 kph)—to more than 500 destinations. Amtrak also is the partner of choice for state-supported corridor services in 15 states and for several commuter rail agencies. Visit Amtrak.com or call 800-USA-RAIL for schedules, fares and more information.