May 8th National Train Day

Trains built America. Oh sure, today they don’t seem nearly as important even though they haul more freight than any other cargo container other than a ship. We forget about them and get annoyed when we have to wait at a train crossing but we owe an entire country to them. Today was created by the National Railroad Passenger Corporation in 2008 so that we would remember. The date is the closest Saturday to May 10th when the Union Pacific and the Central Pacific officially met at Promontory Summit, Utah completing the Transcontinental Railroad on May 9th, 1869. Oddly, or perhaps on purpose, it was exactly 1,776 miles long.

How to celebrate – Take a train ride. Read about the history of trains. Build a model train diorama.

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