Last updated: 02:00 PM ET, Fri May 08 2015

Amtrak Train Day Expands With Celebrations Throughout the Year

Car Rental & Rail | Amtrak | Donald Wood | May 08, 2015

Amtrak Train Day Expands With Celebrations Throughout the Year

As a child, one of the coolest toys anyone could have was a train set. Now, as people grow into working adults, trains have a much different connotation. The fun and joy has been replaced with monotonous stress.

Not anymore, with Amtrak on the case.

According to the train company, the tradition of Amtrak Train Day will continue this year, but will be different in 2015. Instead of being a one-day celebration of everything trains, the event will take place all over the country from Saturday, May 9, through November.

The company felt that people weren’t being given a fair chance to see this history of Amtrak by holding a one-day event in just one city. Now, the sanctioned events will take place at 20 other locations across the United States.

Chicago kicks off the festivities on May 9. At the event will be Amtrak speakers and historians, as well as the Amtrak Exhibit Train, an old train that has been turned into a rolling museum that allows visitors to walk through.

Amtrak executive vice president, Matt Hardison, told about the celebration of trains, saying, “The turnout has been tremendous, and the popularity of it has grown. We've even had some events in Hawaii, and we don't operate trains in Hawaii!”

Amtrak’s Exhibit Train is schedule to visit 13 stations throughout the year to help teach people about the history of the company and build excitement with customers about using trains as a mode of transportation for work or leisure instead of driving or flying.

Add in the fact that the company is reporting hundreds of communities are putting together their own train days—even without the help of Amtrak or its historical exhibit train—and people of all ages who love trains should come out to experience one of the many celebrations taking place this year.

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