Trainspotting attendees watch Bowie’s history roll through -- Gazette.Net


Around 100 people pulled into the Bowie’s Railroad Museum for the city’s annual Trainspotting day.

The informal holiday that has been celebrated for 20 years or more in the city brings families and train enthusiasts out to the museum at 8614 Chestnut Ave. every year on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. From the museum, attendees can watch rail cars zip by on the nearby tracks on what is Amtrak’s busiest day of the year, said Pamela Williams, the city’s historic properties manager.

“It is very exciting to watch this,” she said. “It's just wonderful fun.”

When Trainspotting Day began is unclear but the event has been celebrated for decades, said Williams who joined the city government 16 years ago.

“The railroad is a very important part of American history,” she said.

For the city, the event is utterly low cost, Williams said. Organizers spent only about $10 to provide candy canes for children in attendance and donuts for some attendees, she said.

The event though has a central place in the story of Bowie, Williams said. Bowie started out as Huntington City, a rail station and depot, and trains fueled the municipalities growth, she said.

“Bowie was born on the railroad,” Williams said. “Our heritage begins up there. It begins on the railroad tracks.”