Tacoma Rail will open its doors from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24. Take a free train ride, tour a locomotive and caboose and check out model trains at the annual Open House.
The event aims to educate the public about the railroad's freight switching service that supports the Port of Tacoma.
As part of the event, Tacoma Rail will collect donations for FISH Food Banks of Pierce County. Visitors who want to donate should bring non-perishable foods in boxes, cans or plastic containers. Some of the highest-need items include baby food, peanut butter and tuna.
Tacoma Rail Open House visitors will stay busy:
-Free train rides around Tacoma's Tideflats
-Walk through a locomotive
-Eco-friendly locomotives that reduce air emissions by 40 percent
-Exclusive peek at rarely seen rail maintenance equipment, rail yards and other rail operations
-Model train displays
Free shuttle buses will run every 45 minutes during the day between the Maritime Festival at Thea's Park to the Tacoma Dome station from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.