National Train Day is May 10th + Strasburg Railroad Giveaway | Confessions of a Stay-At-Home Mom

May 1, 2014

National Train Day is May 10th + Strasburg Railroad Giveaway

I remember the first time I rode a train. I was in 7th grade, and my parents had decided to take the auto train from Virginia to Florida for our trip to Disney World. I found the the experience thrilling, from the cozy seats, the yummy dining car, and the mesmerizing observation car whose roof was a dome of windows. There is something magical about trekking across the country by train, knowing the long history trains have had in our country.

I love the festive feel May brings, with it's beautiful weather and promise that Summer is just around the corner. The month of May offers a great many celebrations: The Kentucky Derby, Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day, and Memorial Day.

But did you know…

 May 10th is National Train Day?

Trains are amazing machines. Here are a few fun facts for you:

  • The longest train station in England is little over 600 meters long. That’s as large as 6 football fields.
  • Trains can be powered by a variety of energy sources including steam, diesel and electricity.
  • Opened in 1994, the Channel Tunnel carries passengers between the UK andFrance on a high speed railway.
  • Longest stretch of perfectly straight railway track is located in Australia. It is 478 kilometers long.

Super cool, right?!

So what's the best way to celebrate National Train Day? The Strasburg Railroad, our local train attraction, has this fun train craft for kids:

(To download, right-click and choose "download")

I also found these adorable train-themed snacks just for the occasion on Pinterest!

So many great ideas!

In honor of National Train Day, the Strasburg Railroad will be giving one of my lucky readers a Family 4 Pack of tickets to visit the railroad!

Whether you win or not, Strasburg Railroad is the perfect day trip to take your kids on for National Train Day!  There are lots of fun things to do in Lancaster if you want to make it a fun-filled day or weekend. Check out my Lancaster County Review for ideas! 

If you hop on for a train ride, be sure to download my Strasburg Railroad Scavenger Hunt to make the ride even more fun!

(To download, right-click and choose "download")

In the meantime, you can enter the giveaway below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Best of luck! 

And Happy Train Day!

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