Amtrak will host major events at train stations in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Philadelphia. The events will feature live entertainment, interactive and educational activities about how trains have transformed America and will continue to do so in the future with high speed rail, as well as, fun activities for the entire family.
National Train Day will also bring the „rail way‟ to life for attendees, and those participating online and through social media. To join in the celebration, passengers inspired by their train travel experience are encouraged to submit photos, video and stories at NationalTrainDay.com, facebook.com/NationalTrainDay or @natltrainday for a chance to win prizes.
May 12, 2012
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Chicago
In addition to the four markets listed above, communities across the country are encouraged to develop and host their own National Train Day celebrations. More than 200 such celebrations took place in towns across the country in 2011 and the number of events is expected to rise again this year.
Award-winning actress, writer and philanthropist Rosario Dawson will share her love of train travel and how it allows her to be involved in the community in a more personal way as National Train Day‟s spokesperson. A multi-faceted talent, Dawson is known to her legions of fans for her work in film, her leading roles with today‟s hottest film actors and directors, as well as for her philanthropic efforts in communities across the country.
National Train Day Exhibits
Experiences in the four markets will feature a wide array of activities including:
Train Equipment Displays: In select markets, walk through privately owned, luxury railcars. Explore commuter displays, rail passenger services and freight equipment displays showing how “green” locomotives transform the nation‟s freight fleet.
Kids Depot: Bring the kids and let them build, explore and compete for surprise giveaways happening all day long at the All Aboard Explorers’ kids zone.
Model Train Displays: Take a closer look at the miniature masterpieces and marvel at the wonder of the model train displays that will be featured on-site at National Train Day.
K-9 Unit Demonstrations: In select markets, interact with Amtrak Security K-9 Units, one of the largest programs in the United States.
Amtrak High Speed Rail Display: Explore the future of high speed rail travel.
Amtrak Culinary Experience: Enjoy live cooking demonstrations by Amtrak celebrity chefs and taste free samples of regional culinary specialties.
See More Store: Take home a print, a t-shirt, and other memorabilia that will remind us to see more, do more, live more from the passenger seat of a train.
In addition, signature events in New York City and Chicago will include the following exhibits from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2012:
Amtrak 40th Anniversary Exhibit Train (New York City): The exhibit featured at the 5th Annual National Train Day Celebration at New York City‟s Grand Central Terminal will include a locomotive, Bistro car, and renovated baggage cars displaying historic advertising, uniforms, photos, and memorabilia. A variety of commemorative items will also be available for purchase at the event.
Hill Harper: Scenes from the Southwest Chief (Chicago): Actor Hill Harper, star of CSI: NY will share his personal Amtrak travel experience during the 5th Annual National Train Day Celebration at Chicago‟s Union Station. Harper, also a noted author, wrote sections of his latest book The Wealth Cure: Putting Money In It’s Place while traveling aboard Amtrak‟s Southwest Chief from Los Angeles to Chicago in 2010.
As the official toy partner of Amtrak's National Train Day, B. toys will be showcasing their building block toys – the Elemenosqueeze and Stackadoos – at the kids’ activity stations at the festivals. The Elemenosqueeze (ages 6 months to 3 years) and the Stackadoos (ages 2 to 6 years) are both wonderful toy to engage babies & children of all ages in the event, and allow them to play and build together!
To help celebrate this big day, B. Toys would like to offer a giveaway of the Elemenosqueeze as a giveaway prize to one of my lucky readers. This giveaway ends on May 14th, 2012.
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