All-l-l aboard for Railroad Days
All-l-l-l aboard. It’s time once again to celebrate Truckee’s rich railroad history with the town’s annual Railroad Days, this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7-8. Come celebrate this fun family event in its fifth year with two days of handcar races, parades, model train exhibits, vendors, live entertainment, and of course, vintage-to-modern-day giants of the railway!
The following events are scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday:
* 8 a.m. to noon: Pancake Breakfast in the downtown train depot parking lot.
* 10 a.m.: Truckee Railroad Days Parade through historic downtown Truckee. This year’s parade will feature shopping carts decorated with railroad themes.
* 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Wells Fargo Stagecoach Display
* 5-9 p.m.: Food, Booze and Railyard Blues with McAvoy Lane as Mark Twain and live blues music from the groovin’ sounds of “Hooligan’s.” Limited tickets are available at $30.
Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
* Rolling Stock Exhibit located on the tracks in historic downtown Truckee. See over 20 pieces of rolling stock including the latest from Amtrak.
* Vendors and Kid’s Carnival at the east end of town.
* Live music both afternoons by “Johnny Bias Band” and the “Hooligan’s.”
* Hourly performances by the Railroad Regulators Wild West re-enactment shows and gun-slinging entertainment.
* Handcar Races – open for team competition of five people for $75 (commemorative t-shirts and prizes awarded. Handcar rides for $5 per group, limit four. Contact Mark Lowenstern for more information: 530-550-1840.
* Model train and Garden Railway Exhibit at the Truckee Donner Park and Recreation Center at the east end of town. Several model trains for viewing will be on hand.
* Elementary School Rail Art Contest
* Noon to 2 p.m.: Firehouse Chili Cook Off at the downtown train depot. Entries should contact Karin Pierce at 530-587-2757.
Please note: Some events may be subject to time changes. For more information, please call the Railroad Days Hotline at: 530-546-1221 or visit http://www.truckeerailroaddays.com.
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