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Train Day Toledo

A record crowd of train advocates visited the Toledo Amtrak station and the Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza on May 7 for Train Day – a celebration of trains and train travel.

The popular event showcases the role of railroads both in passenger travel and for the movement of goods. Guests were able to tour an Amtrak passenger train to see the modern, comfortable cars, and also see powerful freight locomotives from the Ann Arbor Railroad and from Norfolk Southern. Other trackside attractions included kids’ rides, rail “speeders,” and Operation Lifesaver presentations for children and families.

Indoors in the Grand Lobby were historical exhibits, vendors, and the popular model train layouts.


Opening remarks at Train Day Toledo. From left to right: Roger Shope, Northwest
Ohio Director of All Aboard Ohio, head of Ohio Higher Education Rail Network (OHERN), and Vice Chair of TMACOG’s Passenger Rail Committee; Dylan Hayward, Midwest High Speed Rail Association; Bill Gill of All Aboard Ohio and chair of the
Train Day Planning Committee; Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson; Jimmie Lytle, Manager of Cleveland’s Greyhound Terminal; and Toledo City Council Member Peter Ujvagi.

 


Train Day attendees line up to tour an Amtrak passenger train including sleeper car and observation car.

 


Model train layouts are always a popular part of Train Day Toledo.

 


Examining Ann Arbor Railroad’s freight locomotive.


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