Mayor Harlan Thompson has proclaimed Saturday, May 8, 2010 as National Train Day in Centralia, Washington.
National Train Day marks 141 years of connecting travelers coast to coast and commemorates the day the first transcontinental railroad was created. On May 10, 1869, in Promontory Summit, Utah, the “golden Spike” was driven into the final tie that joined 1,776 miles of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railways, transforming America by crating the nation’s first transcontinental railroad.
To celebrate National Train Day in Centralia, the City of Centralia will be joining with cities throughout the United States and hosting an event for the public at the Train Depot (210 Railroad Avenue) in historic downtown Centralia on Saturday, May 8th, from 9 am to 4 pm.
National Train Day celebrates America’s love the trains. Visitors stopping by the Depot on May 8th will enjoy displays of….
Historical train photos depicting the railroad’s history in Centralia, including a rare photo of the Depot’s construction in 1912;
A model railroad display built by the Chehalis Valley Model Railroad Club, as well as information about the club and its activities;
A display from the Chehalis-Centralia Railroad Association, including information and special officer for summer events on board the Steam Train;
A display about All Aboard Washington; and
Plus…there will be refreshments and train-related give-aways for everyone. This is the first National Train Day event in Centralia and the City of Centralia invites everyone to stop by the Depot and join in the celebration.