In three weeks, we will experience National Train Day. In previous years, I have acknowledged this special day each year since 2014, and some readers have asked me to remind them in advance of the next occurrence.
In case you are unaware, National Train Day was started by Amtrak in 2008 to spread information about the advantages of rail travel and the history of trains in the United States.
In what might seem a little too Amtraky, the schedule for calls for National Train Day to be held each year on the Saturday closest to May 10. May 10th is the anniversary of the pounding of the Golden spike in Promontory, Utah which marked the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in the U.S.
Amtrak discontinued National Train Day in 2016 due to Congressional budget cuts.
Congress was able to stop Amtrak’s support and participation, but they we’re able to stop National Train Day. It continues to be celebrated, each year. It will be marked by displays and public events across the country, and in other countries. You can search for these events on Facebook and elsewhere on the Internet. You can also participate right here on WordPress (or whatever platform you choose). On Saturday, May 12th, simply include some reference to trains, railroads or train travel in your post.
I was going to write about the grand opening of Connecticut’s new light rail system. Unfortunately, budget cuts have postponed that first trip until June – governments, what can I say?
The galley includes some pictures from previous train posts (I’ve had a few).