Another Record Train Day Toledo
Since Amtrak announced the first National Train Day in 2008, the Toledo celebration of freight and passenger trains and train travel has been one of the nation’s largest. TMACOG personnel estimates that the 2012 Train Day Toledo held May 5 attracted 8,000 people to the downtown station. More than 4,000 toured Amtrak’s 40th Anniversary Exhibit Train. Toledo was able to host the exhibit train because the city traditionally holds the first Train Day event in the country each year.
Train Day is the work of many partners and sponsors. Contributors in 2012 included artist Aaron Gonya | A-1 Accurate Limousine | AFL-CIO of Greater NW Ohio | All Aboard Ohio | Amtrak | The Andersons | The Blade | Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers | City of Toledo | CSX | Destination Toledo | Metroparks of the Toledo Area | Norfolk Southern | Northwest Ohio Passenger Rail Association | Owens Corning | Park Inn | Premier Catering | TARTA | TMACOG | Taylor Automotive | Toledo Tent | Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority.
Engineer Steve (Steve Rathke) of Norfolk Southern, presents a popular program for children that teaches them how to be safe around railroads.
Among the speakers opening Train Day Toledo were Paul Toth, president and CEO of the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority; and Jolene Molitoris, currently president of U.S. Railcar and former administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration under President Clinton.