There's no doubt that National Train Day has picked up steam since its inception in 2008. Part of that has to do with the great work Amtrak has done to increase the scale of its touchstone celebrations in major cities, and part of it has to do with the grassroots organizing efforts of passengers all across America.
Regardless, there's no greater indication of its runway success than the booming media coverage National Train Day receives. NARP has gathered just a sample of the many stories that appeared about the scores of celebrations across the U.S.:
Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph Szabo had a guest appearance on U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood’s Fastlane blog to commemorate National Train Day:
don't usually post a blog on the weekend, but today is National Train Day,
commemorating the May 1869 driving of the golden spike that completed the
nation's first transcontinental railroad. To mark this special occasion, let's
hear what Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph Szabo said at a National Train
Day celebration earlier today in
Rail fans across the country will
Train Day with exhibits and activities at train depots across the
country. But stations are worth visiting year round says Ed Breslin ,
a co-author of
It's been 143 years since the ceremonial driving of the last spike for the Transcontinental Railroad took place at Promontory Summit, Utah. It was an event that meant economic opportunities in formerly isolated towns in the middle and western parts of the country, and opened up new markets for the goods made in factories back East.
Doerzbacher was on location in Waldameer Park,
It may not be summer just yet, but with the sunshine and warm weather its feeling more like. And Saturday, it felt even more like everyone's favorite season with the opening of the community's favorite place.
"We love Waldameer, we do," said Operations Manager of Bob FM Joe Lang. "The nice thing is they keep investing in park, keep making things bigger and better."
The Daily American’s Philip Petrunak was on
hand to see the turnout in
National Train Day rolled into
Rockwood Saturday and was welcomed by a crowd of thousands. Visitors celebrated
the town's railroading heritage with great food and unique events while basking
in the warm sunshine.
The Rockwood Area Merchants Association hosted the third annual event.
The Daily Citizen’s Mark Millican took a
look at National Train Day in
Gerald O’Mahoney said he spent a
year actually living in “The Crescent City” — a Presidential Train Car moved
from a railroad spur off
were out in force, with celebration’s across the state supported by the
CBS covered one of
the bigger events in its story “
Thousands of people jammed Chicago Union Station Saturday — but not because they needed to go somewhere.
It was the fifth annual National Train Day. Many, such as 12-year-old Kevin Mack, were self-described “railfans” or “train geeks.”
Ryan Severance reported on a special run of the Southwest Chief between Trinidad and
Amtrak’s Southwest Chief embarks
today on a one-day journey from Trinidad to
Gov. John Hickenlooper issued a
proclamation recently marking the event and noting increasing Amtrak ridership
reporters were on hand in
For the first time since the first
transcontinental railroad in the
The sculpture, created by award-winning Chinese artist Yuan Xikun, depicts three generations of Chinese railroad builders: the father is standing with an iron hoes on shoulder and staring at the horizons afar, the grandfather is crouching besides and touching an unfinished crosstie and the grandson is leaning on grandfather and listening to him for a story about railroad building.
Even Hawaii got into the
act reports Dennis Fujimoto of the
LIHU‘E — Kaua‘i joined the major
Scott Johnson, the engineer at the Grove Farm Museum, arranged for free train rides aboard historic steam locomotives to commemorate the occasion.