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National Train Day

  • 07 May 2011
  • 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Tampa Union Station, 601 No. Nebraska Ave Tampa

2011 National Train Day: Saturday, May 7!

Join Us at Tampa Union Station!

Celebrating the 142nd anniversary of the driving of the Golden Spike of the transcontinental railroad between the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific.

Features this year include:

Amtrak Equipment on Display!

Live Music! From acoustical guitarist Vincent!

Exhibits! Operation Lifesaver, Florida Coalition of Rail Passengers, Amtrak, Tampa Preservation, Inc., Florida Railroad Museum, Burgert Brothers Collection of the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library, Atlantic Coast Line & Seaboard Air Line Railroads Historical Society, Tampa Bay History Center, National Association of Railroad Passengers, Pinellas County Heritage Village, Real Rails, National Association of Retired & Veteran Railroad Employees, City of Tampa Office of Historic Preservation and Urban Design, Friends of Tampa Union Station, TECO Line Streetcar, HART, Tampa Downtown Partnership, and others!

Operating Model Railroads! HO-scale model trains from the Suncoast Model Railroad Club! And a garden railway display from the Florida Garden Railway Society!

Books for sale! Rare and used! From the Old Tampa Book Company!

Food! From Deak's Hot Dogs and Snacks!

Door Prizes! Register to win Amtrak tickets!

Telegraph demonstrations! From the Florida Chapter of the Morse Telegraph Club!

Operating train simulators! Courtesy of the Florida Rail Experience!



For more information about National Train Day, check out the National Train Day website.

For more information about historic Tampa Union Station, including the fascinating history of this landmark, be sure to visit the Friends of Tampa Union Station website.

Where is Union Station? Tampa Union Station is Tampa's Amtrak station and is located at the corner of Nebraska Avenue, Twiggs Street, and Nuccio Parkway in Downtown Tampa, on the edge of Ybor City. This interactive map of Downtown Tampa shows the location of the station in greater detail.

Where should I park? A limited amount of free parking is available at Tampa Union Station. Additional paid parking is available at the City of Tampa's adjacent Crosstown Union Lot. Another option is the paid parking in the City of Tampa's convenient Twiggs Street Garage, a short walk from the station.


Transit to National Train Day? Yes! HART bus lines 2, 9, and 12 serve Tampa Union Station directly. Other bus lines stop nearby. For more information, visit HART's website.

Amtrak to National Train Day? Absolutely! Tampa Union Station is served by 4 Amtrak arrivals and departures daily (two train, two connecting motorcoach) from cities like Miami, Orlando, Jacksonville, Savannah, and others. For schedules, fares and other information, visit or call 1-800-USA-RAIL.

Media Contacts:           

Vickie Toranzo Zacker

Director of Communications

Friends of Tampa Union Station



Steve Sayles

President, Florida Coalition of Rail Passengers

Vice President, Friends of Tampa Union Station



We hope to see you there!


National Train Day in Tampa Is Presented By:






Special Thanks To:

  • Amtrak
  • City of Tampa
  • Hillsborough County Tourist Development Council
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