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INTENSIVE LAB EXPERIENCES IN MILWAUKEE

POSTED JULY 22 AT 11:54 AM

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Steven Leibman
ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center
802-864-1848 ext. 125
sleibman@echovermont.org

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"ECHO EXPRESS ON THE CHURCH STREET MARKETPLACE"

BURLINGTON, Vt -- There's a new reason to visit Church Street Marketplace this summer - to get on board a fun and colorful electric train. Coming this Saturday, June 16, the "ECHO EXPRESS on the Church Street Marketplace" will add new excitement to the well-loved pedestrian mall.

The four car locomotive, made by Wattman Trains and Trams of Canada, is wood-paneled and brightly painted in primary colors, closely resembling the main character from The Little Engine that Could. The "ECHO EXPRESS on the Church Street Marketplace" runs solely on electric-charged batteries and is silent and emission-free. Seating up to twenty people at once, the train runs independent of a track and will take passengers on open-air, round-trip excursions along the Church Street promenade.

"Providing people with an authentic experience is what downtown Burlington is all about," says Ron Redmond, Executive Director of the Church Street Marketplace District. "'The ECHO EXPRESS on the Church Street Marketplace' provides a family-friendly activity that's guaranteed to delight everyone. And, it's a great way to communicate to residents and visitors that there is so much to do, see and explore in our downtown."

The train, brought to Burlington by a partnership between the Church Street Marketplace, Wattman Trains and Trams, and ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, is an expression of ECHO's commitment to explore and celebrate local history. The ECHO name is an acronym for the science center's mission to educate and delight people about the Ecology, Culture, History and Opportunities for stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin and beyond. This new venture is sure to peak folks' interest in the rich history of trains in Vermont, as well as inspiring stewardship for their future.

Vermont, like many states, has been heavily influenced by train travel. In the mid-1800s, trains brought goods in and out of towns, turning villages into city structures and also greatly enhancing the tourist industry throughout the great state. Trains remain a vital part of the region today, with Green Mountain Railroad and Amtrak bringing locals and tourists to various destinations, and with our own landmark Union Station located right on the busy Burlington Waterfront.

Rides are $3 and all proceeds, after expenses, support ECHO's Open Door community access programs, which provide free and reduced admission to ECHO to area families in need. The route takes passengers on a round trip through the two upper blocks of Church Street, boarding and disembarking just south of the Pearl Street Fountain. Every rider receives a free train trading card and can use their ticket as a $1 off coupon at ECHO for up to four in their party.

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