As the nation‘s intercity passenger rail operator, Amtrak connects America in safer, greener and healthier ways. With 21,000 route miles in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian provinces, Amtrak operates more than 300 trains each day "at speeds up to 150 mph" to more than 500 destinations.
Amtrak hosted the third annual National Train Day on May 8, 2010, with events across the country to celebrate America‘s love for trains. National Train Day commemorates the 141st anniversary of the first transcontinental railroad‘s inception by bringing to life the rich narrative of how trains transformed America. Large-scale, family-friendly events will be held in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago and Los Angeles.
On May 8, Amtrak hosted free events, from 11:00am - 4:00pm, in four of its gateway stations across the U.S.
In addition, local communities across the country are encouraged to develop and host their own National Train Day celebrations. More than 140 local celebrations took place in 2009 and Amtrak expects even more in 2010.
Come on down to the station and join the celebration in Washington, D.C.! Don't miss your chance to see model trains, train equipment displays and much more:
- Meet and Greet with the National Spokesperson, Taye Diggs
- Train Equipment Displays*
- Model Train Displays*
- AmtraKids Depot
- Go-Green Express: Eco Exhibit*
- National Park Service Trails & Rails Exhibit*
- Snapshot Station
- Trains Move our Economy Exhibit*
- Amtrak: Dining the Rail Way* exhibit and culinary demonstrations, featuring Chef Michel Richard
- Amtrak Brand Display - Enjoy the journey*
- Live performances by Rocknoceros and the Ballou High School Marching Band
*Stop by this exhibit and get your National Train Day "Passport" stamped! Passports will be provided at Union Station on May 8. Be sure to pick one up!
Take Advantage of these Special Offers:
* Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum: offer discounted tickets
* Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts: Get a 10% discount in the DCCA museum store
* DC National Aquarium: Get one Free Child’s Admission
* Madame Tussauds D.C. will offer a Buy One Ticket Get One Free
Most major market events will also feature experiential exhibits that narrate each region‘s rich history with trains. These exhibits include:
* History of Baseball‘s Travel on Trains (Philadelphia)
* The Blues Journey and Connection to the Railroad (Chicago)
* Railroad Bracero Exhibit (Los Angeles)
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