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Cleveland Metroparks to host ‘Hidden Valley Rail Days” at Canal Way Center

All Aboard! A New Railroad-Themed Weekend Chugs Into Cleveland Metroparks
Canalway Center

Some scenes from a past "Train Day".
Mark Horning & Co. Photography
Three days of train fun for the entire family.
Cleveland Metroparks

One of the most popular and well attended events at the Canal Way Center of the Cleveland Metroparks has been “Train Day”. This year, “Train Day” has been expanded to a full weekend on September 19 through 21, 2014 and renamed “Hidden Valley Rail Days”.

In the history and heritage of the Cleveland Metroparks and Erie Canal Reservation, trains have played a vital role. The 13 story tall Short Line railroad trestle (that was built in 1907) crosses over the Ohio & Erie Canal as well as the Cuyahoga River and runs past the CanalWay Center and is still used by trains today.

Each day, “Hidden Valley Rail Days” will feature a different free indoor program that is sure to delight train fans of all ages. The festivities begin on Friday, September 19 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. with “An Evening of Train Songs” featuring Cleveland Metroparks historical interpreter Foster Brown. Foster will be joined by musical friends Mark Szabo and Ed Eakin as they lead the audience in a variety of favorite train songs.

Plan for an entire day on Saturday, September 20, 2014 as the event will be open from 10:00 to 4:00 p.m. The center will have a huge collection of model train desplays constructed and run by local model train clubs. The displays include rural, industrial and residential scenes that include entire viallages, bridges, trees and of course, people.Members of the model train clubs will be on hand to answer questions.

The weekend concludes on Sunday, September 21, 2014 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. with a special guest. Local author Barbara Hacha will be on hand to share stories from her book "Stories and Traditions of American Hobos". Join Barbara for a fascinating look into the hobo culture of America as well as its colorful history and traditions. Hacha is the author of two books about hobo culture, "Line by Line" and "Mulligan Stew: Stories and Traditions of American Hobos." A book signing will follow Hacha's program. Copies of her books will be available for purchase.

For more information, visit or call (216) 206-1000.
CanalWay Center is located on Whittlesey Way, off the East 49th Street entrance of Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation, between Grant Avenue and Canal Road in Cuyahoga Heights.

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