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Thursday, April 14, 2011

National Train Day

National Train Day is May 7 and it's Amtrak's 40th anniversary this year! There are a lot of free events going on at Union Station...

210 South Canal Street
Chicago, Illinois
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
FREE Fun For All!

Don't miss your chance to see model trains, train equipment displays, special exhibits and other exciting attractions:

Hands On The Past: Mexican Contributions To The Railroad
During World War II, thousands of Mexicans came to the U.S. under a guest worker program called the "Railroad Braceros" to build and maintain our nation's passenger railroad system. This exhibit will honor the contributions of Hispanics to the nation's railroad.

State Partnership Display:
Learn about how Amtrak partners with each state to provide specialized service. A locally focused exhibit will be on display at each major National Train Day celebration.

Amtrak High-Speed Rail Display:
Check out this exhibit, which showcases Amtrak's leadership, expertise and experience with high-speed rail.

K-9 Unit Demonstrations:
Witness Amtrak Security K-9 Units, one of the largest programs in the country, perform demonstrations with the dogs and their handlers.

Amtrak: Dining the Rail Way:
Catch a glimpse of history as you see how dining on trains has evolved, plus view live cooking demonstrations from Amtrak chefs and sample meals offered in Amtrak's dining cars.

Train Equipment Displays:
Get up close and personal with Amtrak equipment to experience first-hand the modern amenities and accommodations offered by passenger rail. Then, take a peek at how passengers traveled in generations past by touring a variety of historic train cars and privately owned luxury coaches. Commuter and freight equipment displays (featured in select markets) will highlight today's modern rail passenger services and how "green" locomotives are transforming the nation's freight fleet.

Model Train Displays:
Delight in the craft of model train displays and take a closer look at these miniature masterpieces.

Amtrak 40th Anniversary Display:
On May 1, 2011, Amtrak will celebrate 40 years as America's RailroadSM. Explore the history of Amtrak and find out more about the future of passenger rail, as well as current routes, amenities and onboard offerings.

AmtraKids Depot:
Attend Amtrak's 40th birthday party at the AmtraKids Depot and discover the kid in you by engaging with delightful magicians, creating fun arts and crafts and playing interactive games. Plus, there will be surprise giveaways throughout the day.

1 comment:

  1. Strongly recommend family attendance. I attended 2010 Nat'l Train Day at Chicago Union Station, and it was great. Kids would love it!

    Craig Kopstain, President
    20th Century Railroad Club