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National Train Day May 10th

Everybody loves trains and once a year, Amtrak celebrates rail travel in America. They host parties in major rail hubs like Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, and Philadelphia, and in other cities around the country, too, to promote the benefits of rail travel. This free family event includes train equipment displays, private coach tours, and model train layouts.AmtrakNationalTrainDay
photo by Mackensen, Wikimedia Commons

Over 200 locations in 43 states from coast to coast are celebrating the 7th annual National Train Day. It’s a great way to honor the past and tout the growing popularity of rail travel.

National Train Day


The Memphis Railroad and Trolley Museum is hosting its own festivities with plans to have a passenger coach on display and the chance to board a freight locomotive to see the world from the engineer’s point of view. How cool is that!
Memphis Railroad and Trolley Museum
Central Station, 545 South Main Street, Suite 121, Memphis, TN

To make you feel as if you are behind the throttle of a real train, Dovetail Games will be offering a free download of their hit game Train Simulator 2014 that follows Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner route.

Dovetail Games

If you have children, many National Train Day events will include the Chuggington Kids Depot with fun, hands-on activities. Set in the fictional town of Chuggington, the animated series follows three junior locomotives (or “Trainees”) as they go on adventures and learn life lessons along the way.



Memphis by Rail

photo by Jim Ownby, Flickr
photo by Jim Ownby, Flickr

If you have a little extra time on your vacation or simply enjoy the relaxed pace of a rail trip, consider taking the Amtrak to Memphis. The most direct route follows the Mississippi River down from Chicago in the north, or up from New Orleans in the south. The Amtrak map makes it look as if Memphis is equal distance between the two, but it’s actually a few hours closer to New Orleans on the route called The City of New Orleans.

Amtrak also offers an interpretive program in conjunction with the National Park Service called Trails and Rails. Guides and guest artists on board the train help give you a better appreciation for the natural surroundings along your trip.

Trails and Rails