Kids ride free as Amtrak marks 40th year, National Train Day

May 04, 2011|By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman | The Baltimore Sun

Saturday is National Train Day with celebrations at multiple locations, including Washington, Philadelphia, New York and Chicago.

Amtrak, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, will unveil a host of attractions and a major discount: free fare for kids. For every adult passenger in coach, one child can ride free when you make reservations by Friday – and at least three days in advance – for travel through June 9. Use promo code H859.

Events at Washington’s Union Station include model trains, live performances, historic cars and a 40th Anniversary exhibit train displaying historic advertising, uniforms, photos and other memorabilia. Also on display, a "B&O Railroad and the Civil War" exhibit, in cooperation with Baltimore B&O Railroad Museum. The event is 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. and admission is free.

At Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station, the railroad will launch a new exhibit "The Great Migration of African Americans 1910-1930," which chronicles the exodus from South to North of African Americans by way of passenger and freight trains. 

Other events include a "Rockin’ The Railway" concert tonight in New York City featuring – who else? – Gladys Knight, the performer known for, among other hits, the song  "The Midnight Train to Georgia."

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