National Train Day was started by Amtrak in 2008. It is held yearly on the Saturday closest to May 10th. Trains were first used in the early 19th century with a rope-pull system.
How to Celebrate
National Train Day is a day to take a train ride, observe model trains or play with toy trains. National Train Day is a big event sponsored by Amtrak in the United States, especially in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago, and Los Angeles. All of your National Train Day questions can be answered on the official National Train Day website. Once there, you can find a local National Train Day event to participate in. If you don't have time for an event, you can listen to the band Train or watch episodes of Thomas the Train, Chuggington, or Dinosuar Train with the kids. If movies are more your thing, there are plenty of train-related films such as The Polar Express, Silver Streak, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, and Throw Momma from the Train.
To celebrate this day, we selected the 1980s Becker's Beer Train Set Can from Germany featuring the Baureihe 89 locomotive. On the can is a picture of the Baureihe 89 engine. Translated from German, to the best of my ability, this can reads, "First Series, Sabenbahnlok Series 89 – Built: 1888, 290 hp, V max 40 km / h – Weight: 33.6 t"
Happy National Train Day (5/11)!
Photos used by permission of CanMuseum.com