May 4, 2015 Amtrak Train Days Kick-off Celebration at Chicago Union Station on May 9

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CHICAGO – On Saturday, May 9, 2015, Amtrak and partners will officially kick-off Amtrak Train Days at Chicago Union Station. This is the first of many Amtrak Train Days celebrations taking place in dozens of locations across the county this spring, summer and fall. The free event will be held at Union Station (225 South Canal Street) from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The kick-off event will feature the Amtrak Exhibit Train, a self-guided, interactive tour to learn about Amtrak’s history, its operations and the future of America’s Railroad®.

Other Chicago event highlights include:

  • Train Excursion trips will only be available on May 9 at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m. Tickets are available online at
  • VIP Train Tour, “Hard Hat” Tour and Joseph Szabo Control Center Tours will be available on May 8, 9 and 10. Reservations are required and can be made in the station or by calling 1-800-USA-RAIL. For schedules and more information about the tours, please visit Amtrak Train Days/Chicago.
  • The Amtrak Experience, a new unique interactive mobile exhibit, will allow attendees to see, hear and feel the benefits of train travel.
  • Family-friendly activities such as Chuggington Kids Depot will feature trainthemed kids’ activities based on the popular children’s animated television series, Chuggington, on Disney Junior and a special appearance by the Chuggington Live cast on May 9.

Communities from across the nation are invited to join in the celebration of passenger train travel by hosting their own Amtrak Train Day events during 2015. To register an event, find additional tour stops or for more information about Amtrak Train Days, visit

Amtrak Train Days 2015 Sweepstakes is running from May 9 –November 30. One Grand Prize winner will win a trip for four people courtesy of Amtrak Vacations, one Chuggington Prize Pack, a $500 Nook Gift Card and a Walthers Model Train Set. Winners will be chosen on December 1, 2015.


Abbreviated Rules: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Sweepstakes end at 11:59 p.m. on 11/30/15. Open to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia. See full Official Rules (available after 5/1/15) at for additional eligibility restrictions, full details & prize limitations. Sponsored by The National Railroad Passenger Corporation, commonly known as Amtrak, 60 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E., Washington DC 20002. Void in Alaska and Hawaii and where prohibited.

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