All aboard the vegan train! Join VegOut in celebrating National Train Day with a train party and vegan potluck. We’ll play train-themed games including Name That Train Tune, and of course there will be model trains you can operate. You can also learn to play Ticket to Ride: Europe, socialize over a train puzzle or choose from many other board games.
Choo-choo-choose vegan And yes, if you have any train-related clothing, you are encouraged to wear it!
We’ve been working on the railroad. Amtrak started the May 10 celebration to encourage passenger rail travel, which is one of the most environmental and animal-friendly ways to travel. Trains receive very little federal funding compared to highways, which accounts for our comparatively poor passenger rail system.
Railroads are not perfect, of course. May 10 is the 145th anniversary of the day that the golden spike was driven in Promontory Summit, Utah, marking the completion of the transcontinental railroad in the U.S. The railroad, completed with the know-how of exploited Chinese and Irish immigrant workers, contributed to the genocide of American Indians and led to the near-extinction of Bison.
Railroads continued to play an important part in American history. Mexican workers were recruited to build railroads, which led to their migration through the Midwest. And the tracks originally built by enslaved Blacks later facilitated the Great Migration out of the South, while Pullman porter jobs helped to create a Black middle class.
(Photo credit: Manuel Faisco)
Someone’s in the kitchen with Dinah. Please bring a vegan dish to share (no meat, poultry, fish, dairy, eggs, or honey). Bonus points if you come up with a clever train rhyme or pun for your dish or if you get the recipe from the Vegan Express cookbook!
Hop on board the party train to Noah’s apartment in Jackson Heights. Take the 7 train to 82nd St. or E/F/M/R trains to Jackson Heights/Roosevelt Ave. We'll message you the exact address 24 hrs before.
Transit: The Roosevelt Avenue train station at 74th street/Broadway on Roosevelt Avenue is an express stop. The E, F, R, M and 7 all stop there. There is elevator access throughout the entire station. This is also the bus terminal for the entire area. The Q32, Q33 and Q34 buses all stop within one block of our host's apartment. The 33 & 34 are located under the main canopy at the station. The 32 stops directly outside the terminal doors on Roosevelt Avenue. Allow an additional 10-12 minutes if you're taking the bus.
Apartment: There are two steps leading up to the front door of the building, a landing and then three steps. Both sets have railings. Then there is an elevator. Unfortunately there is no ramp; the service entrance to the basement has stairs. Within the apartment, the living room is sunken, with two steps leading down to it. If you have further questions, please message Noah through Meetup.