National Train Day Steams Into the SAZ Transportation Museum

May 4, 2012

The Tucson you know today would never have happened without the railroad.

Modern Tucson was born the day the first Southern Pacific railroad pulled into town in 1880.

There’s no better way to celebrate trains in Tucson than with National Train Day on May 12 at the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum at the Historic Tucson Train Depot, 414 North Toole.

National Train Day takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admissions is free.

You can look at operating model trains, and even climb into the cab of steam engine #1673.

Check out Union Pacific’s diesel simulator for Operation Lifesaver, while listening for the Union Pacific diesels pulling mile long freight trains.

The Museum will feature bilingual railroad exhibits, and the gift store is open for business.

For more information, visit the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum.