National Train Day in Toledo: May 1
Toledo’s annual celebration of trains and train travel is Saturday May 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Amtrak station and upstairs at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza. Train Day is a popular event in Toledo, drawing thousands to enjoy model trains, train-related art and music, tours of an Amtrak passenger train, tours of the train station and free travel advice, and drawings for train travel.
The 2010 Train Day will include additional new and exciting elements: Norfolk Southern is bringing in its locomotive simulator, used for training and certification of railroad engineers. Guests can tour the simulator which replicates the cab of a freight locomotive and mimics the train in action. Also new in 2010, middle school students from First Lego League teams will demonstrate their transportation-themed robots. And more food vendors! All Train Day events are free, and parking is free.
Train Day opens at 9:30 a.m. with remarks by elected officials and transportation professionals. Speakers will include U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur, Toledo Mayor Michael Bell, Jolene Molitoris and David Dysard, director of ODOT and deputy director of ODOT district 2 respectively; as well as representatives of the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, Wood County Economic Development Commission, and other local leaders.
About 3500 people attended Toledo’s Train Day in 2009 to see displays including model trains.