Since 2008 IMAGES USA has had the honor of being a part of Amtrak’s National Train Day celebrations adding African American, Hispanic and now Asian American components to the nationwide events.
IMAGES USA activated three successful multicultural events in Philadelphia, Chicago and Los Angeles for National Train Day. In Philadelphia’s 30th St. Station, IMAGES debuted the Great Migration of African Americans exhibit which chronicled the voluntary migration of more than 800,000 African Americans from the rural South to the industrial North between 1910 and 1930. In Chicago Union Station, Amtrak celebrated the legacy of the Braceros, Mexican men who came to the United States during World War II to help maintain U.S. railroads. New this year to Los Angeles Union Station, IMAGES helped Amtrak recognize the contributions of Asian Americans to the railroads at the “East Meets West” exhibit.
All together more than 10,000 people attended National Train Day events across the country. This year’s National Train Day marks the 142nd anniversary of the completion of the first Transcontinental Railroad linking existing railway systems to the Pacific coast for the first time. This year also marks Amtrak’s 40th anniversary of nationwide passenger railroad service.
IMAGES is proud to have helped make this year’s National Train Day a complete success and wishes Amtrak 40 more years of great service and enjoying the journey.