Did you know that May 7th this year is National Train Day in the USA?

the following info is quoted from Wikipedia:

National Train Day is a holiday started by Amtrak in 2008 as a method to spread information to the general public about the advantages of rail travel and the history of trains in the United States. It is held each year on the Saturday closest to May 10th, the anniversary of the pounding of the Golden Spike in Promontory, Utah which marked the completion of the first transcontinental railroad. (May 10, 1869) Events are held at Amtrak stations as well as railroad museums across the country and often have passenger cars and model railroad layouts on display. The largest events usually take place in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, PA, Chicago, IL, and Los Angeles, CA.

Besides events at active Amtrak stations, railway history museums participate in National Train Day as well. This often includes tours of historic rail cars and excursion train rides.

The 2011 event will also celebrate Amtrak’s 40th Anniversary celebration, as the company first went into service on May 1, 1971.

All the above information is quoted from Wikipedia

The last spike, the golden spike, which is on display at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, was driven in by Leland Stanford.

National Train Day in Tampa

Saturday, May 7 at noon

 Union Station
601 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa FL 33602

Train lovers from all around gather to celebrate National Train Day at the historic station. Celebration includes live music, special guests, tours of Amtrak equipment, model railroad displays and exhibits from the Florida Coalition of Rail Passengers, National Association of Railroad Passengers, Friends of Tampa Union Station, Florida Railroad Museum and others. Free  (727) 515-3822  http://www.nationaltrainday.com/