Come out and join Metra and other railroads this weekend for an up close chance to explore our locomotives and rail cars during the 20th annual Railroad Daze Festival in Franklin Park, near the intersection of Calwagner Street and Franklin Avenue.
Railroad Daze runs from June 11-14 from 5pm to 11pm. Admission to the event is free. The festival features carnival rides, musical acts, arts and crafts and food. But for many, the top attraction is Saturday’s train viewing event.
On Saturday, June 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. more than a dozen pieces of railroad equipment will be on display for visitors to view and explore. Metra employees will provide a “hands-on” tour of a locomotive and cab car and will be available to answer questions about the equipment. Metra’s Operation Lifesaver Team will also be at the festival to promote and discuss railroad safety. Other railroads such as Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Union Pacific, Canadian National, Iowa Pacific and Amtrak will also have equipment on display for public viewing.
Railroads have passed through the area that is now Franklin Park since the 1870s, but the village’s development began in earnest in the 1890s with the construction of the Chicago and Wisconsin Railroad. Today, the village is home to two busy railroad junctions and more than 100 trains pass through the area on any given day. Metra’s Milwaukee District West and North Central Service train lines both serve Franklin Park.
During Railroad Daze, visitors are welcome to park at any legal parking space in a lot or on the street anywhere in the village. Parking for persons with disabilities is available at the Franklin Park Post Office located at 9760 Franklin Avenue.
Be sure to bring the whole family to Franklin Park this Saturday to join Metra, Amtrak and the freight railroads for this exciting community event that offers activities and entertainment for the entire family.