- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Train-lovers, aka “trainiacs,” will have their very own day of free activities Saturday as the nation celebrates National Train Day (www. nationaltrainday.com) with events from coast to coast.

In the District, model train exhibits, live music, face painting and interactive games will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE.

Train Day spokesman Randy Jackson - better known as a Grammy-winning record producer and “American Idol” judge - kicks off the festivities, which will include a live performance by R&B; singer and pianist Karina Pasian.

The event also will feature tours of trains and train equipment, exhibits on the possible future of rail travel and the green aspects of train travel. For children, there will be a special Amtrakids Depot, which will feature dance parties, giveaways, hands-on educational activities and magicians.

Similar events will take place in Philadelphia, Chicago and Los Angeles.

- Gabriella Boston

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