Monthly Archives: April 2018

Train Day at Union Depot Set for May 5, Featuring Historic Railcars, New and Vintage Buses, Model Railroads, Bike Test Drives and Fun for All Transportation Enthusiasts

April 12, 2018

Train Day will be celebrated at Union Depot in St. Paul on Saturday, May 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This free, fun annual event will offer guests a glimpse of the history and future of passenger train travel, the historic and current role of freight railroads in our region, and changing transportation trends and needs. The day will include exhibits of train equipment, historic railcars, new and vintage buses, bike test drives, and other activities for all ages.

Train enthusiasts will be able to take in the sights of life-size locomotives and railcars on display. New to Train Day this year is the Soo Line Locomotive No. 559, painted in Soo Line’s iconic maroon and yellow “Pine Tree” scheme. The Great Northern Railway Business Car A-11 is also making its debut. Originally built as a sleeping car in 1911, it was converted into a business car in the 1920s and is one of the oldest cars to ever appear at Train Day. Other train cars on display include Burlington Northern 6234, making its first appearance at Train Day; Empire Builder dining car No. 1097; and Northern Pacific Railway Post Office/Combine Car No. 1102.

Guests also will have the chance to go on a 45-minute walking tour of the Metro Transit Operations & Maintenance where the light rail trains “sleep” when not in use. Departing every half hour from the Head House of Union Depot, guests will walk approximately eight blocks to see where the Green Line vehicles are repaired, washed, cleaned, stored and wrapped with advertising. To RSVP for a tour guests may register online.  Note: due to limited space and narrow passageways, strollers are discouraged on this tour.

Another new feature on view at Train Day will be the ultra-efficient, A Line Rapid Transit Bus. Like regular buses the A Line easily navigates busy urban streets but at faster speeds and offers passengers free Wi-Fi. In vintage contrast, the iconic, double-decker Greyhound Scenicruiser No. 822, will also be on hand.

For those who enjoy pedal power, Lowertown Bike Shop for the first time this year will offer guests a chance to test drive the latest designs in cycling. Novices and aficionados alike are invited to the East Plaza to learn more about the latest trends and hear from the experts on what to look for when purchasing a new or used bicycle.

Model trains are an important part of Train Day and this year for the first time the Granite City O-Gaugers of St. Cloud will have their layout on display, joining the standard gauge display. Children will love these layouts with all the buttons and levers that make it go!

In addition, several ticketed events have been added to Train Day, including a night photography opportunity and multi-media shows by well-known railroad photographers.

Plus, Crave Catering will be providing concessions throughout the day in the Head House and on the train platform.

Train Day attendees will be able to download free Metro Transit ride passes to enjoy the ride to Union Depot on the Green Line or Metro Transit buses.

For more information about Union Depot Train Day, visit https://www.uniondepot.org/traindays/.

Nearly 30 Artists to Exhibit Work at Union Depot During Spring Saint Paul Art Crawl, April 27-29

April 3, 2018

Nearly 30 local artists will showcase their work at Union Depot in lowertown Saint Paul during the Spring Saint Paul Art Crawl. The event will be held Friday, April 27 from 6-10 p.m., Saturday, April 28 from 12-8 p.m., and Sunday, April 29 from 12-5 p.m. The Saint Paul Art Crawl is recognized as one of the largest cultural events of the year, featuring more than 400 artists and live entertainment in venues across the city. The artists exhibiting at Union Depot will range from painters, photographers, and mixed media artists to jewelry and apothecary makers, and more.

A few of the artists who will exhibit at Union Depot:

Rachael Cain: Photographer

Rachel Cain has been a photographer for over 15 years. Her subject matter is varied, with a special focus on old buildings, texture, architecture, landscapes and birds. A defining, signature quality of Rachael’s work is that she aims to get to the essence of the subject, eliminating distracting details. Rachel enjoys the post-processing part of her work, using it to emphasize essential qualities. For more information or to see samples of work, visit http://cainrachelr.wixsite.com/rachelsphotos.

Juliet M. Parisi: Painter

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Juliet M. Parisi creates organic, surrealistic images inspired by the natural beauty around her. She graduated from Humboldt State University and has been painting for more than 15 years. Growing up in California exposed her to a wide range of cultures and she was constantly surrounded by all different wonders of nature. Those early experiences influenced her body of work, Juliet M. Parisi Creations, which she describes as, “beauty through chaos.” For more information or to see samples of work, visit http://julietmparisi.wixsite.com/creations.

Lynn Pauly: Watercolor Painter

Lynn Pauly’s watercolor paintings are visual records of the places she loves most, including downtown St.Paul, Paris, and Tuscany. She was an elementary school art teacher for 35 years, before retiring in 2016. The following year, Lynn studied watercolor painting under master artist Majid Modir in the Tuscan village of Volterra. She calls her practice “urban sketching” and she records her travels and everyday life with pen, ink, watercolor paint, and occasionally photography. For more information or to view samples of work, visit www.lynnpaulyart.com.

The Saint Paul Art Crawl and exhibits at Union Depot are free and open to the public.  For more information about the Spring Saint Paul Art Crawl and to download free Metro Transit passes, please visit www.saintpaulartcrawl.org. Visitors for the Saint Paul Art Crawl events are also encouraged to explore the public art installations within Union Depot.

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Getting to Union Depot 

Bike:   Bicycle parking is located at the East Plaza/bus platform, North Plaza/4th Street, Kellogg entrances, Rail View Picnic Area and throughout the parking facilities
Bus:  Daily service to bus platform on Metro Transit buses 3, 16, 21 and 54, Metro Transit buses 63, 70, 350, 351, 361 and 364 stop at the corner of Kellogg Boulevard and Broadway Street
Weekday-only service on Metro Transit buses 94, 262, 417 | MVTA buses 480, 484, 489
Light Rail: Daily service on Metro Transit’s Green Line
Park: Union Depot parking facilities and electric vehicle charging stations
Car Share: Zipcar