National Train Day celebrates the anniversary of the nation's transcontinental railway -- 143 years!
"On May 10, 1869, in Promontory Summit, Utah, the 'golden spike' was driven into the final tie that joined 1,776 miles of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railways, forever transforming the face and character of America. National Train Day is an annual celebration of train travel and the ways trains touch the lives of people across America. Train stations and other venues across the country host activities and exhibits that highlight the past, present and future of trains and travel."
In cities across America, children drag their parents to long lines at train stations to celebrate trains. At Union Station in Los Angeles, Alex and Serene toured trains, played on interactive exhibits, gawked at model train displays.