National Train Day commemorates the anniversary of the transcontinental railroad's inception by bringing to life the rich history of how trains have transformed America. Each spring, Amtrak hosts National Train Day festivities at Union Station in Washington DC as well as at other stations across the country - including Chicago, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. More than 200 communities are expected to host free events at local train stations, railroad museums and other locations commemorating this year’s theme “trains matter.”
Date and Time: May 10, 2014, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Avenue, NE. Washington, DC. See a map
Highlights of National Train Day in DC
- Train Equipment Displays: Get up close with Amtrak equipment. Take a walk through a privately owned, luxury train car. Commuter displays will highlight rail passenger services, and freight equipment displays will show how “green” locomotives transform the nation’s freight fleet.
- The Chuggington Kids Depot: Enjoy train-themed kids’activities based on the popular children’s animated television series on Disney Junior. The area will feature a variety of educational and entertaining stations including safety, arts and crafts, photo opportunity, train play tables and library.
- Amtrak Acela Express® Excursion Train: Take an exciting 35-minute round-trip ride. Tickets will be available onsite (Gate G) beginning at 10:30 a.m. Four rides are scheduled to depart at 11:35 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. Tickets cost $5 per person; children 12 and under ride free with accompanying adults. Some restrictions may apply. Routes and schedules are subject to change and valid ID is required.
- K-9 Unit Demonstrations: Interact with Amtrak Security K-9 Units, one of the largest programs in the United States.
- See More Store: Take home a print, a t-shirt, and other memorabilia that will remind us to see more, do more, live more from the passenger seat of a train.