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SATURDAY    MAY 4, 2019

Northwest Ohio – Southeast Michigan Families Invited A Celebration of All Things Trains


What:               Described as one of the nation’s largest and most popular events of its kind, the   sponsors of “National Train Day Toledo” offer a family-friendly atmosphere with FREE ADMISSION and FREE PARKING. The story is “Rail,” lifting up its heritage as well as embracing its future. This year’s special emphasis will observe the sesquicentennial of the Gold Spike celebration in Promontory, Utah. Other presentations will highlight a Toledo-Detroit/Ann Arbor train, and, “What is High Speed Rail?” There will be over 40 exhibitors including history organizations, model enthusiasts, layouts, rail advocates, children’s activities (children’s train ride, clowns, etc.), musicians and food.


Why:                The goal is to increase community awareness of the critical role of passenger and freight rail in our multimodal transportation system. Passenger Rail is a viable option for travel.  Freight Railroads promote public safety around railroad infrastructure and highlight their contributions to improving the environment as well as regional economic development.

Where:             The Twelfth Annual Train Day will take place at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza/Amtrak Station (trackside) and the adjacent Children’s Park, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Toledo, OH 43604.  Served by TARTA.

                        Additional free parking is available at the Owens Corning lot with free shuttle to the event.


Who:                More than 40 million people ride trains every day in America.  Toledo’s Train Day, which regularly draws 6,000 – 8,000 people, will feature panelists and speakers including:  

·      Teresa Fedor, Senator, Ohio Senate, Dist. 11

·      Michael Sheehy, Ohio State Representative, District 46       

·      Peter Ujvagi, Toledo City Council, District 3

·      Chris Delaney, Toledo City Council, District 6

·      Alex Metcalf, President, Transportation Economics & Management Systems, Inc.

·      Tim Price, Ohio State Legislative Board, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen

·      Kendra Johnson, Program Manager, Midwest High Speed Rail Association

·      Stu Nicholson, Public Affairs Director, All Aboard Ohio

·      Mark Camp, Author, Railroad Station Historical Society

·      Lou Hebert, Historian, Channel 11 Television

·      Derrick James, Senior Manager, State Relations and Business Development, Amtrak 


Special guests/features include: Engineer Steve and Engineer Bob with NS and Ann Arbor locomotives, Ohio Valley Handcars (public rides), Romick Railway Children’s Train, Clown Boxcar Silly.

NEW: Video booth where we hope to capture many memories about Toledo’s rich rail history.

When:      9:30 AM to 4:00 PM    Saturday, May 4, 2019     An Opening Ceremony begins at 9:30.  A Rail Roundtable Panel will follow, featuring many of the Opening Ceremony Speakers.



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