National Train Day attracts record crowds in Portland Ore

Many people came to the event at East Portland's Oregon Rail Heritage Center
“Portland Train Day 2017” organizers said they were worried about attendance, because of all the other major events on May 6. But, as it turned out, the volunteers at the front gate of the Oregon Rail Heritage Center counted about 1,000 visitors – during the first hour alone.

The daylong observance was launched by Amtrak in 2008 as a way to promote railway travel, and preserve railroad history on the Saturday closest to May 10 – the anniversary of the installation of the Golden Spike in Promontory, Utah, marking the completion of the first transcontinental railroad.

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