"This Saturday, May 12, marks the fifth annual National Train Day event across the United States. Created and sponsored by Amtrak, the day commemorates the 143rd anniversary of the nation’s first transcontinental railroad.
Over a century ago, on May 10, 1869, the completion of the transcontinental railroad opened the vast western territories and states to development and settlement in ways that had never before been possible. Railways not only forged the national character and culture but they also touched the lives of every individual, going so far as to enter families’ living rooms in the form of model trains.
On May 12, 2012, train stations, museums, model train clubs and other venues across the country, from New York to Los Angeles, will host activities and exhibits that highlight the wonder of trains and rail travel. These events will include all sorts of train displays, from equipment tours to live entertainment to model train layouts."
Willow and my nephew Keaton are absolutely obsessed with trains. Thomas, Chuggington. Dinosaur Train, wooden trains, Lionel train models, you name it, they want it. They'll spend hours playing together creating their little cities and extensive train tracks and then racing their trains around the tracks. Occasionally Snow white and her 7 Dwarfs make an appearance for our train play. They love to ride the tracks and look for treasures to mine.
We're fortunate enough to live near a train station (or unfortunate enough when they come through at 3am) and Willow loves to watch the trains go whizzing by with their passengers and cargo. I know they would love to go to national train day to see all of models, real trains, and entertainment that they'll have there for your families to enjoy.
Unfortunately, this year there isn't a National Train Day event that is under 2 hours away from us. While we won't be able to make it out for National Train Day, you can still take your kids! There will be events in all of the major metro areas including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia, as well as smaller cities across the US. You can check out this link to see what location is closest to you. If you do make it out to National Train Day make sure to stop back and share with us about your day, we'd love to see pictures!
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