Amtrak celebrates National Train Day

Toledo's Amtrak Station will host the fifth annual National Train Day Celebration on Saturday, May 5 in downtown Toledo.

More than 6,000 people attended last year for Amtrak's commemoration of the completion of the first transcontinental railroad system on May 10, 1869.

The festivities last 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza located at 415 Emerald Avenue. The events will also raise awareness of the vital role rails play in our nation's transportation system.

Schedule of events:

All day
-Tour Amtrak Anniversary Exhibit Train, Superliner Train, Norfolk Southern engine and railroad track cars

-Entertainer "Cannonball Paul"

-Toledo Distinguished Clown Corps

-View displays and model trains

-Hourly prize drawings and grand prize drawing for Amtrak tickets


10:30 a.m. - Cakewalkinâ?? Jass Band (3rd floor stage)

11 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Meet Engineer Steve: Rail Safety for Kids (TMACOG Theater)

11:30 a.m. - Lori LeFevre Johnson Trio (3rd floor stage)

12 p.m. - The Fastest Train in the World â?? Video and Presentation (TMACOG Theater)

1 p.m. - More Jazz Messengers (3rd floor stage)

2:30 p.m. â?? Old State Line Band (3rd floor stage)