Volunteers will be present at the St. Paul Union Depot Train Days with a booth representing the GNRHS. GN veteran and GNRHS Board Member Gary Nelson will be holding a talk about his days on the GN at 10AM on Saturday April 30th.
Saturday April 30: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday May 1: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
St. Paul Union Depot will celebrate its 90th anniversary this year with a two-day festival that will include historic and modern railroad equipment, discussions and photo sessions, vendors, model railroads and live entertainment.
Some of the exhibits and activities planned for Union Depot Train Days include:
- Milwaukee Road steam locomotive No. 261 under steam with cab tours. No. 261 once pulled passenger trains out of the depot when it was in regular service between 1944 and 1954, and pulls Friends of the 261’s North Pole Express excursions at the depot each December.
- Amtrak’s Exhibit Train, making its first visit to Minnesota.
- Soo Line FP7 No. 2500A from the Lake Superior Railroad Museum in Duluth, Minn., which pulled the Soo’s Winnipeger, Atlantic Limited, and other trains out of depot.
- The Minnesota Transportation Museum’s Great Northern SDP40 No. 325, which pulled the Empire Builder and Western Star out of the depot between 1966 and 1971.
- Northern Pacific Railway RPO/Baggage/Coach No. 1102 built by Pullman in 1914. Union Depot was once the third largest mail-handling depot behind Chicago and New York, and No. 1102 will commemorate the Railway Mail Service that was integral to the depot’s operations. The car is now owned by the Minnesota Transportation Museum.
- Vendors selling books, model trains, and railroad memorabilia.
- A night photography session of railroad equipment.
- Model train layouts.
- Clinic discussions of operations and trains at the Union Depot from the 1940s to the 1970s featuring Great Northern employee Gary Nelson, and photographers Charles B. McCreary and Byron D. Olsen.
- Musical entertainment by Choo Choo Bob’s Train Store.
- A diesel locomotive simulator.
More information is available on the Union Depot website.