Metrolink trains and Union Station have posters for National Train Day, which is May 9. What’s that? Curious, I looked it up.
It’s an event in its second year to encourage train riding. It commemorates 140 years (minus one day) since the “golden spike” was driven to complete the transcontinental railroad. Amtrak is sponsoring Train Day and is hosting events in D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago and, surprisingly, L.A.
Or maybe not so surprisingly: Union Station opened in May 1939, or 70 years ago.
There’ll be live music and other events at Union Station from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit the website to learn more. But don’t drive to Union Station — that kind of defeats the purpose.