National Train Day in the U.S. celebrates the 141st anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad at Promontory Summit, Utah. In honor of the importance of railroads, there are train-related events throughout the country.
National Train Day at Arizona Railway Museum
Date: May 11, 2013
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Visitors to the museum can tour rail cars currently under restoration that are not normally open to the public. Volunteers will explain the type of work that is required to restore and refurbish these cars to keep them “alive.” Visitors can tour several private railcars rarely open to the public. National Train Day guests can blow the horn on a diesel locomotive, and might even get the opportunity to blow the whistle on Chandler’s #2562 steam locomotive.
The kids (and you) will be able to take a free ride on the Desert Express Train, a trackless train.
The photo above was taken on National Train Day 2009. Trains pictured here may or may not be accessible during regular season visits to the museum.