Toledo Train Day to celebrate trains of the past, present, future

Press Staff Writer

        The glamour and excitement of trains – past, present and future – will be the focus of the 13th annual Toledo Train Day Saturday, May 14 from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Amtrak Station located in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza, 415 Emerald Ave., in downtown Toledo.
        The free, family-oriented event will include a children’s train; rides on the Speeder rail cars; several working displays of model trains and live entertainment by the Cake Walkin’ Jass Band, Toraugh Irish Band, Kim Buehler and Friends, and others. The event will also feature exhibits by the Toledo Public Library and local and national history and advocacy groups.    
        Toledo Train Day offers an opportunity for area residents to learn about the history of trains and how they can make a positive impact on the region’s future, according to event chair Bill Gill.
        For the past several years, Toledo City Council has been working to build a coalition of local governments in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan to develop a high-speed passenger rail service with connections to Ann Arbor, Detroit Metropolitan Airport and Columbus.
        “Because of its location, Toledo is the perfect spot to connect a high-speed system,” said Theresa Morris, Toledo City Council member who sponsored legislation earmarking $300,000 for an environmental study.
        “Imagine the additional social and economic benefits that would come from the development of a Toledo to Columbus passenger rail service,” she said.
        “Toledo Train Day will help tell the story of rail as we celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Lake Shore Limited,” Gill said. “Major speakers include Rick Harnish, who heads up the High-Speed Rail Alliance; Richard Rudolph, chair of the National Rail Users Network and Stu Nicholson, executive director of All Aboard Ohio.”
        Admission and parking for Toledo Train Day are free. For more information, visit or


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