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Sunday Summary – March 18, 2018

March continues and Spring will officially be here before the next Sunday Summary. Also before the next Summary is the annual Writers Workshop (here’s the Facebook event)and you’re invited. What, you don’t write for us? If you already write, have thought about writing for us, or even just think about your Minnesota city or town and […]

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Connecting Saint Paul’s Riverfront via Union Depot

Over at MinnPost, Peter Callaghan writes of the proposed River Balcony in Downtown St. Paul. This is a planning effort to connect Downtown St. Paul to its riverfront alongside large-scale redevelopment from the old West Publishing and County Jail sites to the west to the old Downtown Post Office being redeveloped as the Custom House […]

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Union Depot Train Day

https://www.facebook.com/events/1577078882516909/

Join us for a celebration of trains!

Enjoy a fun and educational experience as we highlight the history and future of train travel with free transportation-inspired activities. Train equipment will be on display on the platform from Amtrak, BNSF and MN Transportation Museum along with historic rail cars on the East Plaza joined by musical entertainment (weather permitting) and food trucks. Events inside the Waiting Room will include a special train photography exhibit, diesel engine simulator, and educational programming from local organizations.

Below is a list of activities happening at the event:

• Displays of Minnesota OSCVR Transportation Museum vintage 1966 Great Northern 400 Hustle Muscle and 1951 Empire Builder coach car
• Minnesota Transportation Museum’s diesel engine simulator to test your skills
• Four restored vintage cars from Railroading Heritage of Midwest America & Friends of the 261 will be open for tours
• A new Amtrak baggage car with bike racks will be open for viewing
• A modern BNSF Railway locomotive will be on display
• Photo exhibit of trains at Union Depot (Waiting Room)
The Choo Choo Bob Show performing on the East Plaza
• Cannonball Paul’s duo performing on the train platform
Saint Paul Saints mascot Mudonna meet-and-greet from 2-3 p.m.
• Educational programming in the Waiting Room will include Operation Lifesaver Inc., the National Park Service‘s Trails and Rails partnership with Amtrak, and a Dakota County Technical College presentation about Railroad Conductor Technology
• Refreshments for purchase at Christos – Union Depot Place, Downtown St. Paul in the Head House and from Gastrotruck and The Sizzling Wagonfood trucks on the East Plaza
• Union Depot’s Bee Line Honey and Honey Bon Bons will be on sale at the Honey Pop-up Shop
Metro Transit games and prizes and meet-and-greet with mascot Skip
megabus.com games with prizes including a pair of roundtripmegabus.com tickets
car2go photo booth with fun props
Nice Ride Minnesota bicycle slow races on the North Plaza
• Free vintage bus rides between Union Depot and the Jackson Street Roundhouse
• Lite Brite relighting celebration at 1 p.m. in the Concourse
• Lite Brite “selfie” promotion in which guests can post a photo of themselves with the Lite Brite installation on Facebook and tag #UDlitebrite to be entered to win a Lite Brite set (entries accepted May 9-25)
• And MORE!

uniondepot.org/trainday

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