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National Railroad Day
National Railroad Day

National Railroad Day

Celebrate our railroad system. Visit all three of our local train museums - Cameron, Hearne, Rockdale.

Time & Location

May 11, 2024, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Rockdale Depot Museum, 11 N Main St, Rockdale, TX 76567, USA

About the events

TRIPLE HEADER NATIONAL TRAIN DAY FAMILY FUN

The Rockdale I&GN Depot, Hearne Depot and the Milam County Railroad Museum in Cameron would like to invite everyone to our celebrations of National Train Day on May 11.  National Train Day marks the anniversary of the 1869 Golden Spike ceremony at the Promontory summit in Utah.  On that date, the rails of the first transcontinental railroad met connecting the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads. 

Our local celebrations includes an opportunity to win a $100 cash prize for those guests who visit each Depot/Museum on May 11.  See the link below for more details.

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History

National Train Day was a holiday started by Amtrak in 2008.   The event was a way to spread information to the general public about the advantages of railway travel and the history of trains in the United States.  It was held each year on the Saturday closest to May 10.   That date was the anniversary of the pounding of the Golden spike in Promontory, Utah.  The anniversary marked the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in the U.S.   Initially events were held at major Amtrak stations as well as railroad museums across the country.   Many of the event venues had passenger cars and model railroad layouts on display.  Amtrak's National Train Day celebration was cancelled after 2015 due to budget cuts.  But, individual celebrations continue annually to commemorate our train history. 

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