All Aboard! May 10th is National Train Day

It’s National Train Day! For the 7th year in a row, train enthusiasts and supporters will be celebrating trains all over the country, with an event held at the St. Louis Station today where there will be live entertainment as guests explore trains, sleeping cars, and try foods that were at the 1904 World Fair. What better way to celebrate after the festivities than with beautiful art of a train in the form of a puzzle?

We may think that trains don’t hold as much significance in our lives now that so many people have personal cars and that planes dominate the skies to take us from place to place, but we would be wrong! Train ridership has grown 55% since 1997, meaning that it’s the fastest growing travel mode.

So today we’re going to pick some of our favorites train jigsaw puzzles, share them with you, and let you know some great facts we’ve learned about locomotives for National Train Day.

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Golden Age of Railroads from White Mountain. 1000 pieces.

You might say that it’s the golden age of trains… because for every plane ride between the major cities of New York City and Washington DC, there are three times as many train rides.

Durango Express from Springbok. 500 pieces.

Amtrak carries 31.6 million people every year… and Amtrak just has passenger cars. That doesn’t add up all the trains that run every day to deliver goods to communities in a timely, efficient manner!

alaska jigsaw puzzle, aurora lights

Alaska Memories from SunsOut. 1000 pieces.

Trains are also more environmentally friendly, keeping the world bright and beautiful. For every passenger that rides, Amtrak trains are 16% more efficient than planes and 34% more efficient than cars.

The Coming of the Iron Horse from SunsOut. 500 pieces.

Trains bring us close to nature! Amtrak delivers people to 237 National Parks, historic sites, and monuments, meaning people can pack their hiking gear and leave the car keys at home.

All Aboard! from White Mountain. 1000 pieces.

With so many trains and stations to operate, Amtrak creates a lot of jobs for local communities. In fact, it employs more than 20,000 people across the nation, which is roughly equivalent to every single student at New York University.

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Lionel Series 1935 from SunsOut. 300 pieces.

There are many types of trains. There’s Maglev trains, monorail trains, suspended monorail trains, bullet, commuter, and super trains, and they each have their strengths. For instance, the Maglev is the fastest land-based transport. It has no wheels and hovers only on magnets, and it can whiz past on those tracks at speeds of about 323 miles per hour (430 kilometers per hour).

History of Trains from Eurographics. 1000 pieces.

The invention of trains came over a hundred years ago in 1804. A man named Richard Trevithick invented the first steam powered train. It’s first run included over ten loads of material, with about 70 people and some wagon and iron materials. It wasn’t very fast–it took over two hours to travel nine miles–but it was blazing in comparison to riding a wagon.

Lunchtime from SunsOut. 550 pieces.

It wasn’t until 1925 that there came a company that was dedicated from transporting people across the country in the steam powered machine. This was around the time of the Ford Model T, when cars could travel about 40-45 mph tops. Trains at this time only went 9 mph, but they could carry hundreds of passengers at a once and, just like today, riding a train has advantages for traveling long distances with beautiful scenery and more comfortable seats.

In fact, some people love riding trains so much it’s not even about getting somewhere. Recently Amtrak announced it would be offering free residencies for up to 24 writers, who love the calm, serene rides so much and find them to be a good place for productivity. But forget the destination, because this is about the journey. Writers will travel roundtrip, but only to enjoy the ride and get writing done in their sleeper cabin.

Reviews on Some of Our Most Popular Puzzles

We at Puzzle Warehouse love all of our puzzles and recommend them highly—but don’t take our word for it! Many of you have submitted reviews on puzzles that are helpful to the other customers and give them a good idea of what to expect once they open the box. Whether some are surprised the picture is so vibrant or pleased that the pieces were so sturdy, people have a lot of good things to say about a lot of fun puzzles. Here are 5 random puzzles and their reviews from our Popular Puzzles section. We love reading your thoughts on puzzles—keep them coming!

Contentment by SunsOut. 1000 pieces.

“Beautiful pictures and nice large pieces.” —Cathy, 5 star review

“I wasn’t prepared for the size of the puzzle and wish I would have added a leaf to the table! But it’s a great puzzle and well done. We are having fun working it.” —Sarah, 5 star review

Tasty Treats by White Mountain. 1000 pieces.

“Great puzzle idea. Entertained family members (all ages) for hours.” —Gail, 5 star review

“I really like the puzzle. The pieces are high quality and I also like that the pieces are larger than usual.” —Martha, 5 star review

“A little harder to do than some but that made it even better. I loved it.” —Jackie, 5 star review

Blue Ribbon Groomer by SunsOut. 1000 pieces.

“Was a VERY fun puzzle, actually wrote that on the box before I passed it on to my daughter.” —Suanne, 5 star review

“Beautiful puzzle, nice quality and color. So much fun to do.” —Wendie, 5 star review

Butterflies and Sunflowers by SunsOut. 1000 pieces.

 ”The puzzled was delivered quickly and in mint condition. It’s much more colorful than seeing it on the website which I’m very pleased about.” —Rita, 5 star review
“This puzzle was awesome and worth buying.” —Angela, 5 star review

Airplanes of World War II by White Mountain. 1000 pieces.

“The pieces are large and easy to handle; the multi-pictures with borders make it easy for someone who loves puzzles but has difficulty discerning between pieces in large stretches of single colors. Excellent!” —Susan, 5 star review

A Dream Come True

Dreams DO come true. Puzzle Warehouse is officially featured… on a puzzle!

Missouri State Map by White Mountain. 1000 pieces. 24 x 30 inches.

That’s right, everybody. Our own Puzzle Warehouse is featured as a landmark on this Missouri state puzzle as the biggest puzzle story in the USA! We are on the right side, and we share the great achievement of being featured on this puzzle with the St. Louis Zoo, the historic Route 66, and Busch Stadium!

If you live in Missouri or travel here, stop on by! We’d love to see you, and we’d know you’d love to see our massive collection of puzzles and games!

15 Best Autumn Themed Puzzle

Autumn is back and it’s the best time of the year for puzzles! The days are shorter, colder, and prettier, and it’s the perfect setting for curling up by the window and putting together your fall-themed puzzles with your families. Things feel timeless in the fall, and here are some puzzles that will help evoke the nostalgic feelings that come with this time of year, featuring those bright leaves you love, pumpkins and even Halloween scenes.

Autumn Market - Cobble Hill

1000 pieces. Finished size: 19.25” x 26.625”. $15.99.

 Blue Jay and Friends - Cobble Hill

1000 pieces. Finished size: 26.625" x 19.25". $15.99.

 Pumpkin Patch - Buffalo Games by Artists Persis Clayton Weirs & Lesley Harrison

1000 pieces . Finished size: 20" x 27". $14.99.

 Little Farmers Market – Sunsout by artist David Rottinghaus

1000 pieces . Finished size: 27" x 20". $14.99.

 A Bridge to Unity – Sunsout by artist Dave Barnhouse

1000 pieces . Finished size: 16" x 34". $14.99.

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