The Newbern Depot celebrated National Train Day, on May 2nd, as a part of Amtrak's efforts to promote rail travel. We did this in conjunction with the Relay for Life's annual yard sale, and for the first time this year, in conjunction with the annual Crowne Pointe subdivision yard sale. In about four hours, the depot received some 400 visitors. and sold around $131 worth of merchandise.

Inside the depot, we had displays from local citizens who brought items just for the one-day event. The Dyer County Historical Society also brought a display on the Menglewood community, of southwestern Dyer County. This community at one time had a logging railroad branch off the rail line running from Dyersburg to Tiptonville. In addition to that display, we had a representative of the Tennessee Association of Rail Passengers (T.A.R.P.), which is trying to promote rail travel between the major cities of the state.

Overall, we were well pleased with the turnout. It is our plan to repeat this event on the first Saturday of next May, in conjunction with the other two annual events. The next major depot event planned at this time is for the last Saturday in July, which is the annual Newbern Fire Department Street Dance. However, other things may come up suddenly, so keep tuned here, and to the Depot's Facebook page at Newbern Depot Museum/Events page.