Friday, May 04, 2012

Fullerton Railroad Days

Finally after three years with no train festival the Fullerton Railroad Days returns to the downtown train station the weekend of May 5 -6, 2012.  Making its fist appearance  Railroad Days is Disneyland Railroad's Lilly Belle Presidential  observation car that is used at Magic Kingdom.

Also on hand will be three privately owned vintage cabooses, a modern diesel-electric freight locomotive, courtesy of BNSF Railway, and a steam locomotive from Fillmore & Western Railway.

Community businesses and foundations -- including our newest sponsor, Fullerton Ace Hardware -- have stepped up with donations to make possible this salute to the 125th anniversary of Fullerton’s founding and historic train connection.

 Metrolink  will bring a locomotive, push-pull cab and passenger coach, in conjunction with the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA); and Fillmore & Western Railway's Porter steam locomotive.

Open for tours will be a BNSF diesel-electric freight locomotive and three vintage cabooses. Additional exhibits include BNSF track maintenance equipment, a homemade hand car and various other rail-related displays.

Model-train layouts have grown to more than 9,000 square feet, featuring all gauges -- from Z to G – displayed by 15 modular groups. Armstrong Garden Center, La Habra is donating extensive plantings for the scenic garden railroad.

A children’s trackless train ride on Santa Fe Avenue will be free for ages 12 and younger, courtesy of The Old Spaghetti Factory, which is also providing coupons for a free kid’s meal. And Barnes & Noble Booksellers is providing coloring and game pages for youngsters in SCRPA’s Welcome Center.

The event will be held in the east parking lot of the Amtrak train station in historic downtown Fullerton.