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Truckee Railroad Days on track

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All aboard! Get your tickets and get ready folks, the 4th Annual Truckee Railroad Days are ready to roll into the station, Sept. 8 and 9.

Truckee Railroad Days feature a wide assortment of old steam engines, special locomotives and train cars on display for all to enjoy.

In addition to the amazing trains, this year’s events include a re-enactment of a western shoot-out between the good, the bad and the ugly, a hometown Pancake breakfast, a parade, Hand-Car Races (with local teams invited to participate), Kiddy Carnival, chili cook-off and much more.

Mark your calendar for Truckee Railroad Days, Sept. 8-9. Come enjoy historic lectures and tour steam locomotives under the beautiful blue skies of historic downtown Truckee.

Model Train show

See your favorite model trains in action during the Truckee Railroad Days celebration.

This year’s model train exhibit will cover the classic era of Lionel, LGB, and American Flyer trains to today’s highly-detailed models.

Truckee Railroad Days will also have an elaborate garden rail exhibit sponsored by the Bay Area Garden Rail Society. The exhibit will be held at the community center on Church Street in Truckee and will be open to the public all weekend.

Grand Marshall sought

The Fourth Annual Truckee Railroad Days is coming, and the new parade needs a grand marshall.

With the addition of a parade for Railroad Days this year, the committee will be taking applications for the parade grand marshall.

Candidates should have a strong connection with the local area. Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17.

Applications or suggestions for grand marshall should include;

1.Your name and contact information.

2. The candidate’s name and contact information.

3. A brief statement stating why this person should be Grand Marshall.

This information can be sent to: Railroad Days, attention Grand Marshall; E-mail: americal@ltol. corn; Fax: (530) 587-9419; Mail: P.O. Box 2892 Truckee, CA 96160.

For more information call Cathy Harry at (530) 587-9075.

The winner will be chosen by the selection committee and announced in the Aug. 23 Sierra Sun.

Hand Car Races

The 19th Annual Hand Car Races are back and will take place during the 4th Annual Truckee Railroad Days.

The California State Railroad Museum will be supplying two official handcars built specifically for racing, and everyone is encouraged to gather a five- person team and race. Experience is not necessary.

Each handcar team will consist of five members; four “pumpers” who drive the car along the track using the lever in a seesaw motion and the fifth member, who will push the handcar at the starting line. The race will take place on a 300-meter racecourse located at the Union Pacific “Balloon Track” just east of Highway 267.

The competition will begin Saturday with practice runs at 8 a.m. and time trials at 1 p.m. Finals will be held at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9.

Truckee Railroad Days encourages local business and local residents to come and participate.

There will be five divisions: all women, all men, mixed gender with at least two women, member over age 40, plus teams over age 40 with at least two women as the “pumpers.” The entry fee is $75 and special prizes will be awarded to the top three handcar teams and winner of the pusher’s contest.

Each participant will also receive a special commemorative Hand Car T-shirt.

For more information contact Alan Harry with the Truckee Railroad Days (530) 582-3951.

Truckee stands today as a symbol of every Americans past and a living reminder of the pioneer spirit that occupied this state. The railroad days help us to remember things like the old Central Pacific roundhouse and the building crew who helped connect Reno to Sacramento.

For more information please call the Truckee Railroad Days hotline at (530) 546-1221 or visit the Web site at http://www.truckeerailroaddays.com.


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