Trains. Some say the invention of the railway was the single most important invention in our history. It catapulted the industrial revolution and brought worlds together. And even today with all of our modern ways to get places faster and even virtually, trains are still inspired, offering travelers convenience and an opportunity to experience the passing landscapes en route to their ultimate destination.
Whether simply for entertainment or for actual transportation, add a train-ride into your summer plans, such as a historic ride along a Narrow Gauge Rail such as the historic Georgetown Loop Mining Train to the modern cars and amenities of Amtrak.
Trains are often overlooked in favor of planes, but are in fact a great way of traveling. Europe, for example, has the InterRail service – a network of trains that enables people to travel from one country to another. And even here in the US, it’s so easy and comes without the hassle of security lines; you can get to the train station 30 minutes before your train, and you even have nice options to dine and sleep comfortably.
National Train Day – May 11, 2013
Train stations and museums around the US are all celebrating National Train Day this weekend.
The National Train Day event at Los Angeles Union Station (on May 11 from 11 A.M – 4 P.M) 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.
Grand Canyon, AZ
Take a ride at the Grand Canyon Railway on the Cataract Creek Rambler: a 45 minute train ride in either First Class streamliner cars or vintage Pullman coaches. This year, the Rambler will be pulled by Diesel Locomotive 6793, built by the American Locomotive Company in the 1950’s. Trains depart every hour on the hour from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
San Antonio, TX
The San Antonio Amtrak Station is playing host to a special one-day, large scale, and family-friendly event that is free and open to the public. Visitors will climb aboard vintage Southern Pacific engine No. 794 for a rare chance to the see the inside of the locomotive cab and have a feel for what it was like to engineer a puffing steam engine a century ago.
At the California State Railroad Museum, visitors will have the opportunity to tour modern-day Amtrak/Amtrak California passenger cars and learn more about train travel options in California by watching short films, browsing timetables and travel literature, and talking with rail transportation providers. Rides aboard the Museum’s Interpretive Handcar and a children’s “Chuggington Station” activity area will all be part of the fun. Admission to all activities – including the Museum – is FREE!
Kansas City, MO
The Kansas City Northern Miniature Railroad (16 inch gauge parktrain) will be celebrating its 20th year of operation by running trains on our half-mile oval of track in Line Creek Park. The Brush Creek & Western HO model railroad will be open to the public. Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department will provide entertainment, facepainting for children, and the zoomobile animal exhibit. Wooden toy trains will be on hand for the little folks to engineer around a tabletop layout.
At the Boston North Station, Boston Cyclists Union Presents: 5th Annual National Train Day Bike Tour We will bike along the routes of parts of the old Eastern, Boston & Lowell, and Boston & Maine Railroads north of Boston. Along the way, they will stop to look at a number of historic railroad stations and talk about the competition between these railroads in the years surrounding the Civil War.
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