Saturday is National Train Day – celebrating May 10, 1869, the day when the “golden spike” was driven into the final tie to link 1,776 miles of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railways, “creating the nation′s first transcontinental railroad.”
As the web site advertising the day says, “America will have the opportunity to express train love. And what’s not to love? Wherever you’re going, the train is definitely the nicer way to get there.”
With all the talk of the importance of reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, better mass transit, and moving to high-speed rail, the site also offers information on how “Trains Move Our Economy.” I’m personally very aware of how trains move our economy – since my Dad works building and engineering locomotives at GE Transportation’s Erie plant.
Happy National Train Day!