Replica locomotives at the Golden Spike National Historical Site, Utah
On Saturday, May 12, 2012, Amtrak stations across the country will celebrate National Train Day. The occasion marks the 143rd anniversary of the historic completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. It was on May 10, 1869 in Promontory Summit, Utah that the “Golden Spike” was driven into the last tie, connecting the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads, thus linking the eastern and western halves of the United States.
A major celebration of National Train Day will take place at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles with lots of exciting activities. Visitors can learn about the history of train travel, view model train displays and tour a broad selection of train cars – from luxury rail cars to freight and commuter cars. Throughout the day there will be live musical entertainment, demonstrations by the Amtrak Police K-9 Units and cooking demos by the Amtrak culinary team (with lots of free samples). The AmtraKids Depot will entertain children with playtime activities and clowns from Ringling Bros will perform juggling acts and teach basic clowning skills. Nickelodeon star, Dora the Explorer will be around to pose for photos. Of course, there will be lots of train related memorabilia available for purchase at the merchandise store.
More Information: National Train Day - Union Station
800 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Date/Time: Saturday, May 12, 2012, 11am to 4pm
General Admission: Free