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