Caltrain Begins 150th Birthday Year Festivities With A Trip To 1863

Depot1913What: Caltrain will kick off a year-long celebration of 150 years of railroad service between San Francisco and San Jose with the re-enactment of an historic picnic that took place in October 1863 near Menlo Park.  The San Francisco & San Jose Railroad completed the line all the way to San Jose in January 1864, but the management invited notables including Governor Leland Stanford for a VIP train ride when construction was about two-thirds complete.

Caltrain will bring history to life by re-creating that picnic with a cast of costumed re-enactors and an authentic 19-century-style band.  Other event festivities will include informational booths, model railroads and exhibits, and displays including a Wells Fargo stagecoach, a vintage bus and a replica of the transcontinental railroad’s famed gold spike.  Moveable Feast will also be on hand along with Baskin Robbins, face painting and more family fun activities.

When:  Community festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, October 19, 2013

The program begins at 11:30 a.m. Historic re-enactors arrive by train at 12:14 p.m.

Where: Menlo Park Caltrain Station, 1100 Merrill Street

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