Celebrating National Train day

The Power of Railroads

There’s a lot to celebrate in the month of May: the end of school, the Kentucky Derby, Cinco De Mayo…the list goes on and on. Here at Nickel Plate Express, there’s one holiday that trumps them all: National Train Day!

Holiday Origins

In 2008, Amtrak held the first National Train Day to remind the public of the advantage rail travel still offered. The holiday also commemorated the important role railroads played in shaping the United State’s economic growth & expansion. Each year, National Train Day is held on the Saturday closest to May 10. May 10 has a special significance in the railroad community. On that day, in 1869, the pounding of the Golden Spike marked the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in the United States, and the beginning of a new era for traveling by rail.

Cancelling the Holiday: Amtrak

In 2015, Amtrak disbanded the official celebrations due to budget cuts. The tradition, however, lives on. Tourist and freight railroads alike continue to celebrate National Train Day in early May with rides and historical tours. Tourist railroads invite passengers to climb aboard historic equipment and take a ride back in time.

It wasn’t all that long ago that active rails criss-crossed the country, transporting families, food and fuel to growing communities.

Nickel Plate Express is honoring National Train Day, and the continued legacy of rail travel, with rides on May 4, May 11 and May 12. Celebrate with us and enjoy a piece of moving history!