“EMPRESS OF SOUL” TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY
Singer, Actress and Philanthropist Gladys Knight Joins Amtrak in
Celebrating National Train Day
LAS VEGAS – Nearly four decades after her No. 1 hit, “Midnight Train to Georgia” captured the nation’s imagination, GRAMMY®-winning vocalist Gladys Knight will share her love of trains and join Amtrak in its 40th anniversary year to celebrate National Train Day 2011. National Train Day, Saturday, May 7, commemorates the 142nd anniversary of the transcontinental railroad’s inception by bringing to life the rich history of how the railroad industry and train travel transformed America.
Ms. Knight will serve as national spokesperson and host the signature event at Washington, D.C.’s acclaimed Union Station where she will open the festivities.
Some of the signature events to celebrate National Train Day 2011 are as follows:
- Midnight Train to Georgia…and Washington, D.C.…and Los Angeles: National Train Day is being celebrated all across America with signature events happening in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, D.C. and Chicago. National Train Day festivities will kick off on May 5 at the Rock’n the Rail Way concert headlined by Gladys Knight at the Beacon Theatre in New York City.
- Not Just Monopoly: While many know the B&O railroad from a simple board game, its rail history stretches back to the Civil War. From the Chinese-American to the California Missions contributions, train travel continues to play in America’s history. The nationwide tour of Amtrak’s 40th Anniversary Exhibit Train will launch in Washington, D.C. on May 7. The exhibit will feature two locomotives and three renovated baggage cars displaying Amtrak memorabilia, as well as information about the history and future of passenger rail.
- For Kids Young and Old: National Train Day is an event that promises to delight the kid in you no matter what your age. From train tours and model train displays to live culinary demonstrations and a gigantic birthday party for Amtrak in the AmtraKids Depot.