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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Saturday, May 11, Washington, D.C., will join communities across America to celebrate the importance of trains to their town at the sixth annual National Train Day. The free event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Washington Union Station.

The annual event will also feature displays of Amtrak railcars, a Chuggington Kids Depot with train-themed kids’ activities based on the popular children’s animated television series on Disney Junior; an HO scale operating model train provided by Walthers featuring Amtrak equipment including an locomotive and passenger cars; a Train Day store and a booth with information on the Washington Union Station master plan.

“National Train Day invites communities big and small to share the importance of trains as a vital element of our transportation system and engine of economic development and employment,” said Amtrak Chief Marketing & Sales Officer Matt Hardison.

More than 200 communities are expected to host events at local train stations, railroad museums and other locations commemorating this year’s theme “Trains Matter.”

Details on National Train Day events are available at NationalTrainDay.com. In addition, rail passengers and enthusiasts are invited to share why trains matter to them via Facebook or @natltrainday.

About Amtrak®

Amtrak is America’s Railroad®, the nation’s intercity passenger rail service and its high-speed rail operator.  A record 31.2 million passengers traveled on Amtrak in FY 2012 on more than 300 daily trains – at speeds up to 150 mph (241 kph) – that connect 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian Provinces. Amtrak operates intercity trains in partnership with 15 states and contracts with 13 commuter rail agencies to provide a variety of services.  Enjoy the journey® at Amtrak.com or call 800-USA-RAIL for schedules, fares and more information.  Join us on facebook.com/Amtrak and follow us at twitter.com/Amtrak.

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