Day Trip

May 02, 2010

National Train Day

Where: Union Station, 50 Massachussetts Ave. N.E., Washington

When: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

What: The third annual celebration of all things train, but train travel in particular. The event commemorates the anniversary of the "golden spike" that joined the 1,776 miles of the Central pacific and Union Pacific railways and created the first transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869.

There are free events in several U.S. cities, including at Union Station in Washington, where actor Taye Diggs, the spokesperson for National Train Day, will meet and greet the public. Other activities include model train displays, tours of private rail cars, kids entertainment, an eco exhibit – trains are a more environmentally friendly way to travel versus planes, a marching band and a "Dining The Rail Way" culinary demonstration by James Beard award-winning Chef Michel Richard.

How much: Free

What's nearby: As part of the train celebration, several venues have discounts, including the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, which is offering $2 off of admission. Just mention "National Train Day." The National Aquarium in Washington has free admission for a child ages 3-11 with a paying adult when you present a valid Amtrak ticket. Madame Tussauds Museum has buy one ticket, get one free for train lovers when you mention code V32.

Information: More details at nationaltrainday.com

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