National Train Day at Tampa Union Station

National Train Day

Friends of Tampa Union Station is announcing new features for National Train Day, which will be held at historic Tampa Union Station, Saturday, May 11. The National Train Day celebration runs from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Admission is free.

The preliminary schedule for National Train Day in Tampa features:

  •  Railroad equipment displays! Amtrak equipment open for tours!
  •  Operating model trains! HO-, G- and N-scale trains from the Suncoast Model Railroad Club, The H.B. Plant Railroad Historical Society, and others!
  •  Live Music! Busted Blues band, singer Ray Chiaramonte, and Rebekah Pulley!
  •  Food Trucks! Burger Culture and Bar B Que!
  •  History and railroading exhibits! Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library/Burgert Brothers Photograph Collection, Operation Lifesaver, the Florida Coalition of Rail Passengers, Atlantic Coast Line & Seaboard Air Line Railroads Historical Society, Tampa Bay History Center, City of Tampa Historic Preservation and Urban Design, Florida Railroad Museum, Friends of Tampa Union Station and more!

National Train Day celebrates America‘s love for trains with events across the country. This year marks the sixth annual celebration with large-scale, family-friendly events that provide opportunities to explore interactive, educational exhibits that bring to life the rich narrative of how trains have transformed America and will continue to do so in the future.

National Train Day marks 144 years of connecting travelers coast to coast and commemorates the day the first transcontinental railroad was created. On May 10, 1869, in Promontory Summit, Utah, the golden spike was driven into the final tie that joined 1,776 miles of the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railways, transforming America by creating the nation‘s first transcontinental railroad.

This year’s National Train Day at Tampa Union Station also commemorates the 15th anniversary of Union Station’s restoration and reopening to the public in 1998. More information on National Train Day 2013 can be found at Friends of Tampa Union Station website,

Friends of Tampa Union Station is an all-volunteer organization which advocates for the preservation of historic Tampa Union Station as both a landmark and transportation asset. The organization was founded in 2008 by a group of citizens eager to preserve Tampa Union Station’s colorful past and to assure its future.

Friends of Tampa Union Station has established a permanent endowment fund for the ongoing restoration of Tampa Union Station at the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and raises funds for it through an engraved brick program and other initiatives.

Historic Preservation Quote – Richard Moe

“When you strip away the rhetoric, preservation is simply having the good sense to hold on to things that are well designed, that link us with our past in a meaningful way, and that have plenty of good use left in them.” – Richard Moe, National Trust for Historic Preservation

National Trust’s 2010 11 Most Endangered Places

The National Trust America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places has identified more than 200 threatened one-of-a-kind historic treasures since 1988. Whether these sites are urban districts or rural landscapes, Native American landmarks or 20th-century sports arenas, entire communities or single buildings, the list spotlights historic places across America that are threatened by neglect, insufficient funds, inappropriate development or insensitive public policy. The designation has been a powerful tool for raising awareness and rallying resources to save endangered sites from every region of the country. At times, that attention has garnered public support to quickly rescue a treasured landmark; while in other instances, it has been the impetus of a long battle to save an important piece of our history. The National Trust is now accepting applications for the 2010 List until January 8, 2010.

The list provides endangered resources with local and national exposure as well as support from the National Trust offices. If you know of a Tampa Bay area resource that is threatened, application information can be found on the National Trust website. TPI will gladly provide a letter of support for local applications.

National Trust Places That Matter Photo Contest

Bring Tampa’s historic resources to everyone’s attention, and win a camera for yourself as a bonus. The National Trust for Historic Preservation and Fireman’s Fund Insurance are proud to announce the start of the Summer 2009 Places that Matter Photo Contest. Submit photos of your favorite places — whether they’re national monuments or right in your own backyard — and be eligible to win one of three digital cameras. You may enter as many digital photos as you wish between now and Tuesday, September 15, 2009. Ten photos will be selected as finalists, after which a public online vote will determine the final winners. The photo with the most votes will win the grand prize of a Panasonic Lumix ZS3 digital camera. Each of two runners-up will receive a Panasonic Lumix ZS1 digital camera, and all three winners will also receive a Sandisk Extreme III 8GB SD memory card. To find more information go to Places That Matter Photo Contest

Imminently endangered but available as a reconstruction: Addison Mizner’s La Ronda

A grand historic resource by one of Florida’s most important historic architects, Addison Mizner is available through deconstruction/ reconstruction. The Mediterranean Revival mansion La Ronda, was Addison Mizner’s final architectural commission in 1929, and is presently located in the Philadelphia Main Line area.The building is 17,041 Sq Feet with beautiful gardens, terraces and fountains. It features 51 rooms with graceful archways, balconies and staircases, cut coral keystones, deeply carved ceiling tiles, cast concrete details, antique stair treads, garden wall capstones, a hidden bar, many elevated hearth fireplaces… There are 200 photographs available as well as the floor plan, specs and drawings in Mizner’s own hand. The building is presently completely intact and in exquisite condition.

Every heritage feature that can be reasonably saved will be carefully and meticulously handled for preservation opportunities. The primary goal is to find a permanent refuge for its elements, a refuge which will hopefully keep as many elements together as architectural artistry can devise. The highest hope is to locate a steward who will rescue all salvageable architectural components for the purpose of reconstructing the glory of this architectural majesty in its entirety. The second choice will be to preserve entire rooms for glorious reconstruction in a re-conceptualization. For information, please contact Jona Harvey of the Architectural Salvage Network.