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National Train Day

  • 12 May 2012
  • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tampa Union Station, 601 No. Nebraska Ave Tampa

2012 National Train Day: Saturday, May 12!

Join Us at Tampa Union Station for the Tampa Union Station Centennial and National Train Day!

Celebrating the 143rd Anniversary of the driving of the Golden Spike marking the completion of the transcontinental railroad and the 100th Anniversary of Tampa Union Station's opening!

10 AM-5 PM

Tampa Union Station, 601 No. Nebraska Avenue, Downtown Tampa

Features this year include:

Amtrak Equipment on Display! Including an Amtrak 40th Anniversary commemorative locomotive, Amfleet and Viewliner equipment!

Live Music! Two local acts! Popular band Busted Blues and singer Ray Chiaramonte!

Exhibits! From the Tampa Bay History Center, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library/Burgert Brothers Collection, Atlantic Coast Line & Seaboard Air Line Railroads Historical Society, Florida Railroad Museum, TBARTA, HART, National Association of Railroad Passengers, Florida Coalition of Rail Passengers, Friends of Tampa Union Station, Amtrak, City of Tampa Office of Historic Preservation and Urban Design, Tampa Preservation, Inc., Silver Meteor Gallery, and others!

History Program! Join us at 11 AM as Tampa Bay History Center Curator of History Rodney Kite-Powell gives a lecture on the history of railroads in Tampa, local historian Fred Hearns speaks about Union Station's role in Tampa's African-American history, and the National Railway Historical Society adds Tampa Union Station to its list of Historic National Railroad Landmarks!

Special Demonstrations! From the Amtrak Police Department's amazing K-9 Unit and the telegraphers of the Florida Chapter of the Morse Telegraph Club!

Operating Model Railroads! From the H.B. Plant Railroad Historical Society, the Suncoast Model Railroad Club, and more!

Food Trucks! Enjoy some of Tampa's best food trucks, Taco BusStinky Bunz, Burger Culture and Wicked Witches!

Learn! Special talks about the recently-completed restoration of one of the historic 1912 platform canopies from the engineering team who made it happen!





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 for the event? Due to construction in the Crosstown Union Lot, parking on the Tampa Union Station grounds is extremely limited. The best option for hassle-free parking is the paid parking in the City of Tampa's convenient Twiggs Street Garage, a short walk from the station (1-1/2 blocks), or area surface lots. Handicapped parking is available at 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.

Check out the TV spot for this event, which is now airing on Bright House Networks!

Media Contacts:           

Steve Sayles

President, Florida Coalition of Rail Passengers

Vice President, Friends of Tampa Union Station


Click here for the official event news release.

Click here for an additional news release about the event.     


We hope to see you there!


Presented By:       

Sponsored By:

  • Amtrak
  • City of Tampa
  • CSX
  • The Dohring Group
  • Florida Coalition of Rail Passengers
  • Friends of Tampa Union Station
  • Jacobs Engineering
  • McCloud Transportation + Associates
  • NorthStar Bank
  • Stahl Consulting Group
  • Swope Rodante P.A.
  • Tampa Downtown Partnership
  • Tindale-Oliver & Associates
  • Tyrone Frame & Mirror
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