Yes, who knew, well not me that’s for sure until I got a notice in my e-mail box yesterday. I like trains and alway have, I had N gauge model trains when I was a boy and played with it all the time and have ridden trains most of my life. Having lived in NYC for many, many years I rode the subway (train like) and the LIRR (Long Island Rail Road) to and from the Hamptons on a regular basis. Back in the 80’s I was invited to the University of Virginia to give a lecture and after assessing all my transportation options I decided to take the train and I rode what is known as The Crescent, a New York City to New Orleans daily train which stops in Charlottesville Va. In most cities the train station is among the best buildings and the best public spaces that city has. The train station was and still is the foyer to the city, a grand space from where you enter the city. A case in point id Grand Central Station in New York whose central room still awes and amazes me every time I pass through it. The old Penn Station was the same before it was unceremoniously demolished. I never had the opportunity to experience it since it all happened before I arrive to the US.
So back to the National Train Day. AMTRAK is organising train appreciation events around the country and you can get more information on it at their dedicated website National Train Day. It might be something fun to do with the kids I think.