Posts Tagged ‘National Train Day 2013’

Toledo Train Day Event Called Success

May 16, 2013

Officials with the sixth annual National Train Day in Toledo on May 4 said thousands of participants attended the event, including Toledo Mayor Mike Bell. Toledo holds its National Train Day event a week before the national date to ensure display equipment from Amtrak.

Amtrak showed off a three-car Superliner set that included a coach, sleeper and dining car. Leading the consist was P42 No. 142 and on the rear were two private cars owned by Charter Steel. Those were not open for tours.

Norfolk Southern brought GP38-2 No. 5337 and the TRANSCAER hazmat training cars. The Wheeling & Lake Erie brought GP40-3 No. 305.

One NS heritage unit, SD70ACe No. 1073 in Penn Central paint, led an eastbound crude oil train passed the depot while the festivities were being held.

There Will be a Toledo National Train Day Event

March 1, 2013

Turns out there will be a National Train Day celebration in Toledo this year, but it won’t be the same day as the date set by Amtrak.

The Toledo National Train Day will be observed on Saturday, May 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Toledo Amtrak station. Most National Train Day events will be held on May 11.

Further details about displays and events will, presumably, be announced later.


2013 National Train Day Set for May 11

March 1, 2013

Amtrak has announced that its sixth National Train Day will be held on May 11 this year and thus far just one Ohio city has signed on to have activities.

The National Train Day website hosted by Amtrak lists only Cincinnati as planning events. In previous years, Toledo has hosted National Train Day celebrations. The Orrville Railroad Heritage Society has also hosted National Train Day events.

The nearest 2013 National Train Day events to Northeast Ohio will be held in Michigan at Amtrak stations in Ann Arbor, Flint, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Dearborn, East Lansing and Niles.

No details about activities in those cities or in Cincinnati have been released.

Amtrak launched National Train Day in 2008 to educate the public about rail travel and railroad history.

The event is held each year on the Saturday closest to the May 10 anniversary of the driving of the Golden Spike that signified the completion of America’s first transcontinental railroad in 1869.

National Train Day celebrations typically feature passenger cars and other equipment displays as well as information table sponsored by railroad-related organizations. Events are held at Amtrak stations as well as railroad museums.