National Train Day is Saturday, May 8, 2010.
141 years ago in Promontory Summit, Utah, 1,776 miles of railway were tied together creating our country’s first transcontinental railroad. The historic ceremony was scheduled for May 8, 1869, but it actually took place on May 10th, a few days later than planned, due to one of the of two train’s delayed arrival. Nothing, however, could stop the wheels of motion put in place by the two ceremonial golden spikes which opened vast new business opportunities and begun America’s romance with railroads.
Many railway stations throughout our country will celebrate National Train Day by hosting free events which will include: model train displays, tours of private railroad cars (at Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and New York only), live entertainment (including music), photographs and educational exhibits.