May 11th is National Train Day!

National Train Day
Screen capture National Train Day website

Get your party hat, time to celebrate!

Today, May 11th, is the 6th annual National Train Day in the US! The holiday was started by Amtrak, and it is held every year on the Saturday closest to May 10th to coincide with "the anniversary of the pounding of the Golden Spike in Promontory, Utah which marked the completion of the first transcontinental railroad."

The best way to celebrate is of course to book a train trip for your next travel plans rather than fly or drive, but the next best thing is to head over to the official website and have a look at the various resources. It's not the most exciting website ever, but the interactive map showing the rail network is pretty cool. You can also "like" National Train Day on Facebook.

National Train Day/Screen capture

They even have a nicely inspirational promo video:

Of course, trains are about more than just passenger travel. Freight trains are the most efficient way to move stuff around over long distances.

So don't forget to have a thought for trains today!

See also: Map Shows What US-Wide High Speed Rail Might Look Like

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