Amtrak has updated its National Train Day website to reflect events scheduled for this year, which will take place on May 11th, 2013. Based on the map displayed on their homepage, Amtrak will host events at four of the stations it serves. This year’s cities will be Philadelphia, Chicago, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. No specifics of each event have been finalized as of yet, but according to their website each event will feature “free kids’ activities sponsored by Chuggington, interactive and educational exhibits, model train displays and giveaways. Visitors will have the chance to tour private luxury railcars, freight and commuter trains, as well as current Amtrak equipment.”
National Train Day was an event started by Amtrak in 2008 to help publicize to the general public the importance of rail travel and the vital role it plays in the continuing development of the country. It is held on the Saturday closest to May 10th of each year, which is the anniversary of the completion of the first transcontinental railroad, when the pounding of the Golden Spike took place in Promontory, Utah.
In addition to the four official events to be held, many tourist railroads and railroad museums across the country will also host National Train Day events. Possibly one of the largest of these will be located where one of the official events was hosted last year – Grand Central Terminal in New York City. As part of their year-long centennial celebration, that weekend Metro North will host their Grand Centennial Parade of Trains, which will include many historic railroad locomotives and rolling stock on display for the entire weekend.
For more information about National Train Day, please check out their official website at http://www.nationaltrainday.com/s/