WBOY - The Center for Railway Tourism at Davis & Elkins College has been awarded a $75,000 by the Samuel Freeman Charitable Trust.
The award will allow the start of an on-going effort to recruit undergraduate students from across the nation. The Center offers a Railway Heritage Tourism Management minor devoted to railway heritage preservation and tourism.
“It's not that we are trying to excite young people about trains, it's we are trying to find people who are excited about trains and acquaint them with the fact that you can attend college and graduate with work experience and courses to prepare you to manage railroad heritage facilities,” said Center for Railway Tourism Director Jim Porterfield.
Officials said with more than 1,300 facilities and nearly 3,000 rail-trails nationwide, they are challenging students to get involved in the preservation effort.