Friday, May 11, 2012

National Train Day!

We have waited 364 days for National Train Day! We've gone the last couple years and can't wait to go again tomorrow. Here' some more info.

Los Angeles: Union Station

Union Station 800 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Program Guide [2.5 MB PDF]

When: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Saturday, May 12

General Admission: Free

Now in its 5th year, National Train Day is back to celebrate train travel and the ways trains touch the lives of people with events across America. This year, festivities will highlight the unique perspective passengers enjoy as they take in the vastness and beauty of the American landscape, from cities big and small, to country vistas and everything in between, when traveling by rail.

As part of National Train Day, each major market event features live entertainment, interactive and educational exhibits, kids’ activities, model train displays and tours of Amtrak equipment, freight and commuter trains, and notable private railroad cars. Special thanks to LA County Metro Transit Authority.


National Train Day Exhibits and Activities

Train Equipment Displays

Walk through privately owned, luxury railcars and explore freight and commuter trains, as well as current Amtrak equipment.

Private Cars (subject to change) Commuter Rail Freight Rail

NRHS Central Coast Charter

Gordon Zimmerman

Royal Gorge

Overland Trail

Silver Splendor

Plaza Santa Fe

Silver Rapids

Silver Lariat

Silver Solarium


Union Pacific: Genset Locomotive

Pacific Harbor line: PHL 80-Series 6-Axle NRE Genset Locomotive Model 3GS21C

Santa Fe 3751: Steam Engine

Train Equipment Guide [2.4 MB PDF]

There will be no ticketing system this year, so be sure to arrive early! Space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Exhibits open at 11:00 a.m. on May 12.

Are you an Amtrak Guest Rewards MasterCard cardholder? If so, follow the Fast-Track signs to skip the line and avoid the wait.

American Sign Language Interpreted Tours for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at 12pm and 2pm.

AmtraKids Depot

Bring the kids and let them build, explore and compete for surprise giveaways happening all day long at the AmtraKids Depot.

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.

Orange County “N” Gineers will be displaying their model trains in Los Angeles.

K-9 Unit Demonstrations

Interact with Amtrak Police K-9 Units, one of the largest K-9 programs in the United States.

Amtrak Culinary Experience

Enjoy live cooking demonstrations by Amtrak Culinary Advisory Team chef, Bob Rosar, and taste free samples of regional culinary specialties.

Learn more about Bob Rosar and the rest of Amtrak’s Culinary Advisory team

See More Store

Take home posters, t-shirts, and other memorabilia that will remind you to see more, do more and live more from the passenger seat of a train.


Exclusive Exhibit

“See More on a Train” with Dora the Explorer

Popular Nickelodeon character, Dora the Explorer, will wow the crowd at Union Station in Los Angeles during the 5th Annual National Train Day Celebration. Dora will greet fans, take photographs and explore various train travel adventures with attendees.


Live Entertainment

The Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus Clowns will be on-site to celebrate National Train Day in Los Angeles. The Greatest Show on Earth travels by rail to 90 different cities across the US, and will be back in LA this summer from July 11 – August 5 at an arena near you. Join in the fun on National Train Day as Clowns perform and teach basic clowning skills such as juggling, balancing skills, improvisation, and movement.

The All-American Boys Chorus has completed four decades of remarkable growth and significant achievements. The AABC’s program is acclaimed for its musical excellence, and for instilling and fostering leadership skills and characteristics in its current membership of 110 boys and 1,000+ alumni. Artistic collaborations with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the William Hall Master Chorale have given the Chorus a notable stature. Community outreach performances in schools have reached more than 80,000 children.

Aaron Nigel Smith brings a fun, inspired, and lively show guaranteed to get kids and adults alike off their feet. His songs have been described as “Some of the best targeted music for kids today”. His entertaining shows have been featured around the country as a part of the NBC/Universal, Sony, Warner Brothers, Paramount, and Fox studios Family Concerts. He has also picked up the NAPPA and IParenting awards for his “Let’s Pretend” release.