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This article first appeared in the Saint Louis Beacon: October 1, 2008 - Bring 'em back as tourists, says Jane Eckert, a St. Louisan who specializes in agrimarketing and agritourism. Eckert recently launched ruralbounty.com , a website designed to link family farmers seeking to diversify their income and urbanites desiring country fun. Her firm, Eckert AgriMarketing, advises clients on ways to turn their operations into commodity-producing public attractions. Turning dairy cows into cash cows, you might say.

Rich Eichhorst's group sets up special train excursions including mystery destinations, sleeper-car trips and theme adventures. (300pxls, 2008)
Jay Jordan | St. Louis Beacon archives

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: That’s National Train Day chugging down the tracks and scheduled to arrive May 10.

Amtrak, the national passenger railroad, has picked that day for its celebration because it marks the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in 1869. On May 10, 139 years ago, dignitaries drove a golden spike linking the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads in Promontory Summit, Utah, officially uniting the United States by rail.

Welcome aboard!

May 3, 2008

Can’t you hear the whistle blowing?

That’s National Train Day chugging down the tracks and scheduled to arrive May 10.

Amtrak, the national passenger railroad, has picked that day for its celebration because it marks the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in 1869. On May 10, 139 years ago, dignitaries drove a golden spike linking the Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads in Promontory Summit, Utah, officially uniting the United States by rail.