Union Depot Train Days

 

FREE EVENT!

Join us for a celebration of trains and transportation – Saturday and Sunday, June 1 & 2 from 10 AM to 4 PM.

Chug over to Union Depot for a weekend of train-inspired activities including tours of locomotives, model railroads, family activities, musical entertainment and special events for all ages.

Train Days Marketplace and Exhibitors

All Aboard Minnesota 
Amtrak
Bruce Gustafson
DoodleTown Toys
Friends of the 261
Great Northern Railway Historical Society
Great River Rail Commission
Jefferson Lines
Lake Superior Railroad Museum
Ladysmith, WI Rail Display
Lowertown Bike Shop
Metro Transit 
Minnesota Operation Lifesaver 
Mounds Park Academy
North Star Trains
Riverview Corridor 
Rush Line BRT Project 
Standard Gauge Layout
Twin City Model Rail Road Museum
Union Pacific 
Usborne Books 
Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad, INC. 
Yard Goat Images

Food and Drink Vendors

Deb’s Dogs 
Mik Mart Ice Cream
iPierogi 

Kids Activity Area

  • DJ and Dance Area
  • Bouncy House
  • Train-Themed Photo Booth
  • Train-Themed Craft Station
  • Temporary Tattoo Station
  • Games
  • Prizes and Giveaways

Train Days Equipment | Engines and Cars

Lake Superior Railroad Museum, Duluth, Minnesota
Soo Line Railroad No. 700
Soo Line Caboose No. 1

Friends of the 261:
Milwaukee Road No. 32A (Wisconsin & Southern No. 101)
Milwaukee Road Skytop Lounge Observation Car Cedar Rapids
Milwaukee Road Super Dome No. 53
Western Pacific Dome Car Silver Palace
Milwaukee Road Concession Car No. 2450

Twin Cities & Western:
Twin Cities & Western Railroad GP38-2 Locomotive

Union Pacific:
Union Pacific Freight Locomotive

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TICKETED EVENTS

Laker Rail

“LakerRail” will held at the Union Depot in St. Paul on Saturday, June 1, 2019. LakerRail is similar to Winterail on the West Coast and Summerail in Ohio with an exhibition of railroad photos and videos set to music. This year’s program features the work of railfan photographers from across the United States. Presenting the shows at Union Depot allows viewers to enjoy the programs in a historic setting related to railroads.

LakerRail will run from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Red Cap Room at Union Depot. Programs will run 15 to 20 minutes each with hourly breaks. A one hour break will be held 4 to 5 p.m. The event will take place the same day as Union Depot Train Days, which features exhibits of railroad equipment, model railroads, and rail oriented vendors that will be held June 1 and 2.

Friday Night Photo Shoot

As part of Union Depot Train Days, a special night photo session will be held on Friday, May 31 beginning at 8 p.m. The photo session will be at Union Depot in St. Paul, and will feature Soo Line GP30 locomotive No. 700 and Soo Line caboose No. 1 from the Lake Superior Railroad Museum in Duluth, Minn. Also on hand will a Twin Cities & Western GP38-2 and other pieces of equipment.

The night photo session will be conducted by photographer and Trains Magazine locomotive columnist Chris Guss and will use AlienBees flash lighting. Participants at the night photo session should plan to bring a tripod and a camera that has the ability for the shutter to remain open (cameras on phones will not be able to “catch” the flash but may work under existing lighting conditions).

Friends of the 261 Fundraising Reception

On May 31st, enjoy an up close, one on one experience with the Friends of the 261 crew. There will be private guided tours of the Vintage Streamlined E9 Milwaukee Road 32A. The Friends will have exclusive 261 memorabilia for sale to help support the continued operation of the 261. Such items for sale will include cab rides, Lionel and Broadway Limited scale models of the 261, and other 261 memorabilia. The Friends will be hosting the reception from 6 pm until 8 pm. Your ticket to the reception includes 2 complimentary drink tickets.

These events will help raise funds for the continuing maintenance and restoration of Milwaukee 261, Milwaukee 32A and the passenger car fleet. Attendees will be able to see the newly acquired Vintage Streamlined E9 Milwaukee Road 32A on the depot tracks and walk through the passenger cars prior to the events. Friends of the 261 will be at Union Depot to participate in Union Depot Train Days June 1 – June 2.

Friends of the 261 Fundraising Dinner

On June 1st, the Friends will be hosting an exclusive high end multiple course gourmet banquet dinner aboard the train. This private dinner will include such things as Slow poached egg, Potato leek soup, Salmon & sorrel troisgros, Steak diane, Vegan cassoulet, red wine poached pear and Washington apple pie. The banquet dinner will be starting at 6 pm and last until 9 pm. Your ticket to the banquet includes 2 complimentary drink tickets.

These events will help raise funds for the continuing maintenance and restoration of Milwaukee 261, Milwaukee 32A and the passenger car fleet. Attendees will be able to see the newly acquired Vintage Streamlined E9 Milwaukee Road 32A on the depot tracks and walk through the passenger cars prior to the events. Friends of the 261 will be at Union Depot to participate in Union Depot Train Days June 1 – June 2.