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National Train Day 2014

National Train Day 2014 is upon us. This is the seventh year of this day dedicated to the railroad and to rail fans across the U.S. that commemorates the contributions that the Transcontinental Railroad made to this nation. Many communities will be celebrating with train displays, model trains and train rides. Most of the events are free so do not worry about being short of cash. Here are a few places in the National Capital Region that will be celebrating.
The Gaithersburg Community Museum located at 5 South Summit Avenue in Gaithersburg, Maryland is housed in the old freight house at the train station. They will be featuring an N-gauge model train display from BANTRAK plus you can tour they rolling stock at is at the museum. Musical entertainment will be performed by the Silver City Band featuring railroad songs. The event will be from 10:00am to 2:00pm.
The Western Maryland Railway Society will be having an open house at their museum which is housed in a 112 year old railroad station at 41 North Main Street in Union Bridge, Maryland. They will feature their museum collection which includes a huge model train display and railroad artifacts from the Western Maryland Railway as well as full sized trains and equipment from the Chesapeake and Allegheny Steam Preservation Society. The event runs from 11:00am to 4:00pm.
The Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum located at 4155 Mears Avenue in Chesapeake Beach, Maryland will be open to show the history of the railroad that once served this community. They will also have games, puzzles, refreshments, and a chance to make a railroad themed card for Mother’s Day. The event will be from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.
The Friends of Stewartstown will be having an open house and will be offering trains rides at the old depot in the center of the town. Rides are from 1:00pm to 4:00pm and are only $6.00 (cash only please.) Stewartstown is just six miles east of I-83 on PA Route 851.
The Sudlersville Toy and Train Show will be taking place at the Sudlersville Volunteer Fire Company at 203 N. Church Street in Sudlersville, Maryland. They will feature model train displays, and you can visit the Train Station Museum nearby. Admission is $5.00, and the show runs from 9:00am to 3:00pm.
If you want to stay in the big city, you can always head down to Union Station and see the model train display along with Amtrak cars, Virginia Railway Express Cars, locomotives, and a few historic and private cars. The event runs from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
Amtrak is also hosting events at Penn Station in Baltimore, Maryland, at the Amtrak Station in Lorton, Virginia and at the Train Station in Ashland, Virginia.
This is just a few events within a short drive from D.C. Whatever you do, you have a Happy National Train Day.