Railroads have long played an important role in the heritage and history of Cleveland Metroparks Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation. The 13-story Short Line railroad trestle, built in 1907, crosses over the Ohio & Erie Canal and Cuyahoga River and is still used by trains today. To celebrate the historic significance of railroads, a new train-themed weekend - - Hidden Valley Rail Days -- will roll into CanalWay Center, September 19 - 21. This new and expanded weekend-long event builds upon Train Day, the popular one day event formerly held at CanalWay Center.
Hidden Valley Rail Days features a different free indoor program each day, which is sure to delight and entertain train lovers of all ages. Hidden Valley Rail Days kick off on Friday, September 19 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. with an �Evening of Train Songs� featuring Cleveland Metroparks historical interpreter Foster Brown. Sing along with Brown and his musical friends Mark Szabo and Ed Eakin as they play popular, toe-tappin' train songs.
Wear your engineer's cap and bib overalls on Saturday, September 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and check out the �Magical Model Trains.� See operating, multi-gauge model railroad displays constructed by local model train clubs. The model train displays are landscaped with rural, industrial and residential scenes complete with houses, buildings, bridges, trees and even people. Members of the model train clubs will be on hand to answer questions.
And the weekend concludes on Sunday, September 21 from 2 - 3 p.m. with a presentation by local author Barbara Hacha, �Stories and Traditions of American Hobos.� Hacha presents a fascinating and in-depth look at hobo culture and 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 clevelandmetroparks.comor 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.
SUE ALLEN - 216-635-3338, firstname.lastname@example.org
HOLLY KECK - 216-635-3253, email@example.com