On May 10, 1869, in Promontory Summit, Utah, the â€œgolden spikeâ€ was driven into the final tie that joined 1,776 miles of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railways, ceremonially creating the nationâ€™s first transcontinental railroad. To commemorate that auspicious occasion, the second Saturday in May has been designated as â€œNational Train Day.â€ The third annual NTD will be held May 8, 2010.
As part of the celebration, representatives from Amtrak, the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority, and Caltrans created Californiaâ€™s Golden STAR award to honor passenger rail advocates from California and help build awareness about National Train Day throughout the state. Former honorees include Doras Briggs (2008) and Art Lloyd (2009). The award will be presented at one of the National Train Day events in California on May 8.
We invite you to submit a nominee for this prestigious honor. Please feel free to forward the nominating form
to others who might be interested.
The deadline for submission is April 1, 2010.