May 11*: Train Day

Stoney Creek Bridge by David R SpencerHappy Train Day!

Come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve ever actually been on a train in the U.S., unless you count subways. However, I did spend most of two weeks wandering around Europe with a Eurail Pass. Most of those trips were very pleasant (getting through Switzerland was great!), although there were a couple that were just nasty (a little commuter train somewhere).

Golden Spike May 10 1869

Train Day is celebrated every year on the Saturday closest to May 10, because on May 10, 1869 the first transcontinental railroad was completed. The 1,907 mile track ran from Council Bluffs, Iowa, to San Francisco, California. This one development allowed people to get from one end of the country to the other in about a week, rather than taking close to six months in a covered wagon. It took six years of hard work before the workers from the Central Pacific Railroad in the west met up with the Union Pacific Railroad laborers from the east at Promontory Summit, Utah.

Steam_LocomotiveCheck the National Train Day website for more information as well as Train Day events in your part of the country.

“Open my eyes that I may see
wonderful things in your law.
I am a stranger on earth;
do not hide your commands from me.”

Psalm 119:18-19

P. S. Happy Twilight Zone Day too!

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