National Train Day originated as an annual celebration of America’s trains, occurring on the anniversary of the completion of the USA’s first transcontinental railroad. International Train Day grows from this rich sentiment, acknowledging progress in this important mode of transportation from a global perspective.
Trains play an important role both on a global scale and within our communities. They have aided in the development of budding countries, put national parks on the map and transported travelers through parts of the country untouched by other modes of transportation.
From May 10, 1869, when the last spike of the first transcontinental railroad was driven in Promontory, UT to today’s modern achievements in high-speed rail travel and advancements in train equipment, the impact rail travel has on our lives is something to be celebrated today and every day. #CelebrateTrains with International Train Day.