I lived in Washington from 1981 to 1983 and my memories of Union Station are mostly non-existent — except that it was a nasty pit of a once-beautiful public building. At the time I lived on Capitol Hill and I would take the Red Line Metro from there. When I returned in late 1992, things were improving.
This weekend, you can head over to Union Station and join the festivities marking its 100th birthday. From DDOT:
Amtrak, joined by the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), Union Station Redevelopment Corporation and Ashkenazy Acquisitions, is hosting the Washington Union Station Centennial Celebration on October 4, from 10 am to 4 pm and October 5, from noon to 4 pm. The event will honor this landmark train station’s role in shaping the District over the last century while celebrating the 20-year anniversary of its historic redevelopment in 1988. The Centennial Celebration includes an open house featuring an expansive display of historic locomotives, private rail cars and current Amtrak equipment, as well as memorabilia exhibits and drawings for free Amtrak trips.
Washington Union Station Centennial Celebration Details
- Where: Washington Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
- When: Saturday, October 4, 10 am to 4 p.m. and Sunday, October 5, noon to 4 p.m
- What: Historic train equipment, including vintage locomotives, coaches and private cars; temporary Amtrak cars-including sleepers and food service cars-and commuter rail equipment; railroad-related merchandise and souvenirs; operating model train layout; and raffle prizes.