Thursday, May 6, 2010

National Train Day

On Saturday May 8th Amtrak will celebrate the third annual National Train Day with events scattered across the country. It commemorates the day the first transcontinental railroad was created. 141 years ago, on May 10, 1869, in Promontory UT, the “golden spike” was driven into the final tie that joined 1776 miles of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railways.

The four major cities participating are Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Chicago and Los Angeles. Each city will host special events detailing various aspects of the history of trains. Philadelphia, which is closest to me, is doing a feature on how baseball teams used to travel by rail to get to games. There will also be exhibits on trains and the economy, going green, equipment, culinary demonstrations, models and Amtrak’s tie in with the National Park Service.

If you go to the event website there is a place to click that lists the locations of all the festivities. Each is a little bit different, depending on where it’s held but all look to be a lot of fun. If you’re not busy Saturday you might want to find the one nearest to you.

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