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Railroad Day Festival on April 13

Mar 27, 2019 02:00AM
The West Nassau Historical Society has selected Saturday, April 13, 2019, for their signature fundraising Railroad Day Festival. The all-volunteer nonprofit’s 14th annual celebration is an all-day event held in and around the historic 1881 Callahan Train Depot and adjoining 1856 Florida Railroad bed.

This year’s celebration will include an exhibit of aviation history in Nassau County. Important dates and sites of significance in local air transportation will be on display inside the museum of local history section of the 138-year old wooden train station. The group will also mark the driving of the silver spike that first joined the northern states to Florida via railroad in 1881.

The arts/crafts vendors and food vendors are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the kids’ area will include jumpy slide, climbing wall, and Hobo Games. Kids’ games will center on the fabled "Hobos" and their green-friendly Recycle and ReUse skills they used while riding the rails.

Callahan Cruisers and AB&B Auto Parts along with Cochrane's Collision Center next door to the depot will host a classic car show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Various citizens and sponsors will be honored and car show and contest winners announced during the festivities. Antique engines, tractors, and scaled trains will be exhibited outside the depot while model train layouts will be on display inside the Depot Annex. For more information visit