Second year and officially a tradition in my life.
Another year, another National Train Day in one of Tampa’s prettiest little buildings.
A perk of celebrating Train Day in Tampa is that our train station is absolutely beautiful. Now, I am a fan of the event attractions…They have LEGO train sets complete with a downtown Tampa LEGO model, an array of different size model trains zooming through painstakingly created landscapes, a telegraph center and interesting bits of train history. This year, they even expanded the LEGO model of downtown Tampa by adding the Marriott (oddly enough, with The Beatles walking out of it in Abbey Road formation). Even with all that going on, the station itself always tends to grab my attention the most.
Built over 100 years ago, this charming brick building is one of my favorite in town. I remember a time when the station was in such disrepair that it was taken out of operation. With so many older buildings in the area being demolished, I am grateful that people saw the beauty in this structure and fought to preserve it. Not only is the building fabulous, but a ride into Tampa on the Amtrak offers a bit of amusement.The Silver Star enters the station in reverse. I always giggle when we reach Ybor and half of the passengers get up to grab bags, then the train starts to reverse and the freak out begins. Gets ‘em every time.
National Train Day 2015, good times and great memories!