Now Boarding on Track 12

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.

Consider yourself reminded.

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).


  1. I’m not a train fan like you, but I do think they are a wonderful form of transportation and deserve a big place in the history of this country.

    Very interesting pictures. I love the first one where, as you say, you can barely see the light.

    The photo of the freight train going over the bridge…..bridge reflection in water….. just beautiful.

    And the last one of the moving train. That’s neat!

    Hope you and your family, hairy ones included, have a wonderful Sunday together.
    🔹Ginger 🔹

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    • Thanks Ginger – Maddie has walked both days and spent some quality time on her cot. We had beautiful weather and I was able to get some work done around the place. I hope you’ve had a good weekend, too.


    • It was at one point. I really don’t understand why the knuckleheads in Washington eliminated funds for this – it was one of the few ideas they had that actually was working!

      May the 4th – I’ll be there.


  2. When the weather (finally) gets nice and buds appear on the bushes, we plan an “out and back” train ride through Wisconsin. It is something for everyone to consider. Find a route where a train leaves in the morning then book a return trip from midway point to arrive back in the evening.

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    • I look forward to making trips like that when I retire. I’m hoping to have a few hours to explore cities like Philadelphia. My daughter and I do that with trips to New York, at least once a year, but that’s less about the train and more about the city.


  3. My first train ride was on New Years Eve 3 years ago. We chose to make a memory with our daughters and rode from here to St. Louis and back. The only downfall was my lack of knowledge beforehand and what ‘we could have done’ along the way to have made it more than just sitting there. Lesson learned. But it was definitely worth a do-over.

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  4. Hi Dan – I haven’t even really written about the opening up of Canada with the trains – guess I could do that on the 12th – might have recovered enough by then!! I shall see … cheers Hilary

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  5. Your post and the National Train Day trigger an idea for a post too. The SNCF is on strike in France and I noticed a few articles about it in the American press. It would be a great way to showcase the French trains which have a rich history. What do you say?

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  6. Hmmmm… I commented last night via my iPad but I don’t see it here today. That’s been happening a lot lately. Anyway, now I’m on my desktop so: I think I was one of your followers who asked to be reminded this year so thank you. Of course, that means I’ll actually have to put something together.


  7. Dan, I went to a model train museum in Mississippi so I may have a few posts to share on May 12th.
    I hope to share a door on a train. We shall see if I have an adequate photo of a train door! Thanks for the reminder! 🎈 🚂

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      • I could not believe how Patrice’s brother in law had collected so many toy trains and Lego trains travel around so many creative buildings. I’ll feature the Lego trains around Christmas. The antique trains and outdoor displays are cool for the May 12th post.
        They have train displays up at the castle which Patrice’s sister renovated and has made into a wedding destination place in Charlevoix, Michigan.
        The business is called Castle Farms. Cases and cases of antique toys and trains are included in the tour. Well, I’m pretty tired so will close my phone for tonight! 🌌

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  8. I’m a sucker for trains as well, Dan, especially the vintage kind. That was always the highlight of any trip to the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History when I was a kid. And you know I smiled when I saw that shot from “A Stop at Willoughby”!

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    • I need to visit that museum, Paul. I have to change my plans for this post, due to the delay on the CT Line project (I should have known better than to trust the government).

      In addition to “A Stop at Willoughby,” “Stopover in a Quiet Town,” and “Of Late I Think of Cliffordville” – also have a nice train tie-in. Maybe Serling liked trains, too.

      Thanks for the comment.

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  9. Now that I have read this, I will look for some content that I can create for this day. I am actually creating a content for Mother’s Day which is also close to this date, but if I find something new related to trains (I should considering the massive railway scale India has). On a personal level, those train series posts that I wrote earlier are among the best posts on my travel blog. Thank you for inspiring me, Dan.

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      • When I googled I found not many people have written on celebrating Mother’s Day in Mumbai, so may be that is what I might write. You have any ideas?

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          • So true. I think only when we lose something we realize the importance of it. My post for Mother’s Day will be up in a few days. I already wrote it. While I wrote it from Indian perspective I believe overall it will connect with global population because everyone connects with mothers in the same way. I’m working on the train post (still in research phase). Also, you once said about writing content on Indian insects which Sarah remembered so that content will also come in June (when monsoon hits Mumbai).

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  10. I have so, so many, but lack the motivation to cull them all and pick the best ones to share. Want to do that for me? Truth…I hate processing and editing! I will take photos long, but I hate culling and processing/developing my images.

    If it’s left up to me I’ll pick 2-4 images and be done, but you’ll pick a whole gallery of images!

    I don’t have that patience or desire. Want to be my editor?
    No. I don’t blame you! Even with my 3 shot rule I have a whole lot of images to cull!

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    • Light Room has been my go to tool for the galleries. I probably don’t edit as much as you (certainly not as much as Faith). I love the xport function that let’s me reduce the image size so I don’t blow up my storage.

      It’s hard to pick which ones to use. When I came home from San Antonio, I put the photos in five different folders so I can draw from them in the future. I put copies of the photos, in those folder, in Box, so I can mess them up, without worrying about trashing the actual image. It’s complicated and, everything costs a little, but so far, it isn’t horrible.

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      • I don’t use LR very much. I started back in 90’s with Photoshop, Bridge, and Adobe Camera Raw (ACR), so that’s where I’m most comfy and have my workflow.

        I have actions in photoshop that I just click one button and my images are sized, and sharpened for the web. I LOVE Actions! :) So I know how you’re feeling about your export preset.

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