Today is the last day of the Railroad Days event in Fullerton. Here is the official press release:
We did it! Sponsors have stepped up to help cover the costs so Railroad Days in Fullerton can continue with its 13th year as a FREE community event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 4 & 5 at the Train Station, presented by the Southern California Railway Plaza Association.
And a lineup of our most-ever featured rail exhibitors will be open for tours — led by Amtrak’s Exhibit Train, stretching 520 feet along the tracks; a BNSF modern diesel freight locomotive; Disneyland Railroad’s Ernest S. Marsh Locomotive #4 and three vintage cabooses.
Displays will include a 330-foot by 40-foot covered space packed with 12 extensive model-train layouts in all gauges, plus an outdoor Garden Railroad. Exciting options for young fans will be a trackless train ride, free for ages 12 and younger, and the Buddy Young train layout that youngsters can operate themselves in our Welcome Center.
Vendors selling rail-related collectibles and souvenirs, nonprofit information booths and an expanded food court on Santa Fe Avenue, complete with a large “dining car” tent, will round out Railroad Days 2013’s more than 60 participants. Fullerton Boy Scout Troop 292 will serve a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon and crepes from noon to closing Saturday and Sunday.
The City Council has proclaimed May 4 & 5 as “Fullerton Railroad Days” weekend, noting that local history will “forever be linked to the expansion of railroads throughout Southern California.”
Making it all possible are the sponsors: BridgeMasters; Coast Rail Services; Fullerton College Foundation; The Grainger Foundation; McCoy Mills Ford, Fullerton; Morningside of Fullerton, The Old Spaghetti Factory; and The Orange County Register.
In a great new collaboration this year, SCRPA is partnering with the Fullerton College Foundation, which will present its Train Station BBQ fundraiser on Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4 on the Fullerton Depot patio, near the cross-over elevator. Guests will have special, after-hours access to selected Railroad Days tours and exhibits, plus dinner provided by Brian’s Big B Barbecue of Fullerton. Proceeds from tickets, at $50 per person, will support the foundation’s scholarship program.
The Fullerton Train Station is just north of the 91 Freeway, in the 100 block of Santa Fe Avenue, east of Harbor Boulevard. Free parking is available throughout the Downtown area, including the new 800-space parking structure on Santa Fe, west of Harbor Boulevard. A pedestrian bridge connects the structure to the Transportation Center, and a walkway through the Depot archway leads to Railroad Days’ main gate on Pomona Avenue.
Or you can hop aboard an Amtrak Pacific Surfliner or Metrolink train and ride to the Fullerton Depot.