Truckee Railroad Days this weekend
Truckee is a railroad town and what better way to celebrate its unique history than with the Third Annual Railroad Days? From a street dance to rail cars and locomotive displays and the U.S. National Handcar Races, Truckee Railroad Days offers its participants a guaranteed historical outlook into Truckee’s past.”Our community is growing so much and we are getting so many new people in Truckee,” said Alan Harry, Railroad Days Chair.”Truckee is a railroad town and that’s its history. By doing Railroad Days it brings Truckee’s history back and shares it with the newcomers.”The event kicks off Friday, Sept. 8, with a street dance in Historic Downtown Truckee at the train depot. Live music by local bands and a street dance will begin at 7 p.m.On Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9-10 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., an extensive exhibit of steam locomotives, rail cars, model train exhibits, railroad memorabilia, a kids carnival, Wild West shows and many other events for all ages will be on-going.The 18th Annual U.S. National Handcar Races will also take place on Saturday and Sunday. Harry said event organizers are expecting between 30 and 40 teams from across the country to compete for the crown of U.S. National Champion. Entries are now being accepted and can be made on site on Saturday as well. To enter, call (530) 546-1221.The Firehouse Chili Cookoff on Sunday afternoon will make mouths water. Those interested in entering the contest should sign up with Truckee Fire Chief Mike Terwilliger at the downtown fire station.”We’ll again have the model railroad exhibit at the community center on Church Street,” Harry said. The exhibit will include a display by the Bay Area Garden Rail Society and will open to the public all weekend. Truckee Train and Toy will also have a model exhibit.Located in the heart of the Sierra Nevada, Truckee was founded primarily as a construction camp for the laborers building the Central Pacific Railroad in the 1860s. The railroad remains a central part of the way of life in Truckee and Railroad Days is a celebration of the role the railroad played in founding the west.For information call the Railroad Days hotline at 546-1221.RAILROAD DAYS EVENTSFriday, Sept. 8- 7 – 11 p.m. – Live Music & Street DanceDowntown Truckee Merchants Parking LotSaturday, Sept. 9- 8 – 11 a.m. 18th Annual U.S. National Hand Car Races Practice- 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Rolling Stock Exhibit – UP Rail YardModel Train exhibits – Community CenterKids Carnival – Train Depot West Parking LotEntertainment Stage – Downtown Truckee Parking Lot(ongoing) Teaford’s Raiders Wild West Shows- 1:00 p.m. 18th Annual U.S. National Hand Car Races Time TrialsSunday, Sept. 10- 10 a.m. 18th Annual U.S. National Hand Car Races Finals- 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Rolling Stock Exhibit – UP Rail YardModel Train exhibits – Community CenterKids Carnival – Train Depot West Parking LotEntertainment Stage – Downtown Truckee Parking Lot(ongoing) Teaford’s Raiders Wild West Shows- 1 – 4 p.m. Chili Cook-Off – Downtown FirehouseHand Car Race ScheduleEast of Highway 267 near end of Church StreetUnion Pacific Track Behind Truckee River SupplySaturday 8 -11 a.m. Practice – 1 p.m. Time TrialsSunday 10 a.m. Finals
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