Amtrak, the national passenger rail service in the United States, is expanding their previous one-day National Train Day event, began in 2008, into a mobile & multiple celebration of passenger train travel. Beginning May 9th at the iconic Union Station in Chicago, Illinois, Amtrak Train Days will launch across the US. The Amtrak Exhibit Train will then travel across the US to select locations until November. Passenger rail advocates are invited by Amtrak to host their own local Amtrak Train Days event whether on the May 9th launch date or another day of their choosing.
The Amtrak Exhibit Trains offers free tours of three display cars featuring Amtrak memorabilia, exhibits, and artifacts. In the American West, Colorado will host two stops for the train in conjunction with Amtrak Train Days. On Saturday, October 3rd, an event will take place at the newly-refurbished and reopened Union Station in Denver. One week later, the train arrives in Grand Junction, in the western part of the state.
One of the goals of the event is to share Amtrak’s “Reasons to Ride” – information about the positive benefits of passenger train travel. On its Travel Green page, Amtrak cites recent US Department of Energy data to relay that Amtrak is 11% more efficient than domestic airline travel & 31% more efficient than automobile travel per-passenger mile. This writer, having travelled round-trip between Chicago and Denver a number of times, can add that the ability to work while travelling on a train is also unmatched. Need a break? Walk on back to the lounge car! 🙂
Further official information about the upcoming events & ways that communities can become involved can be found at Amtrak Train Days.
(Copyright – Chad Beharriell)