National Train Day Saturday in Toccoa

Toccoa will once again celebrate National Train Day on Saturday.

Main Street Events Coordinator Sharon Crosby says National Train Day is an opportunity to celebrate the importance of the railroad in American and specifically in Toccoa.

Crosby said Toccoa will once again celebrate by gathering to greet the Amtrak Crescent train when it arrives at the historic train depot in downtown Toccoa Saturday morning for its stop.

“We hope people will be there at about 6 a.m. to help welcome the train and we are just excited about it, looking forward to welcoming the train,” said Crosby. “People are surprised when they get off and see this large group of people welcoming them.”

Some representatives from the city will board the train and hand out information to passengers as it heads south to Gainesville.

Meanwhile, Crosby said Train Day will include many other activities for the public later on Saturday, starting at 8 a.m. at the historic train depot.

“This year, we are going to be having a really nice display laid out in the Mitchell Allen Room,” said Crosby. “It is free and we encourage people to come see it.”

It will include a children’s display, said Crosby.

In addition to that, there will be a representative on hand from the National Association of Railroad Passengers with information, as well as face painting and other activities.

Saturday is also the first day for the Sage Market in downtown Toccoa.

The Sage Market and Farmers’ Market will both move to the historic train depot on Saturday and run from 8 a.m. to noon.

Crosby said this is the first month for Sage Market, which features homemade, homegrown, and homebaked items.

“That is for some of our local arts and crafts vendors,” said Crosby. “It gives our local artisans a place to sell their products.”

Toccoa will greet the train rain or shine and the exhibits in the Mitchell Allen Room rain or shine.

If there is bad weather Saturday, the Sage Market and Farmers Market will move back to their normal location at the Farmers’ Market Building on Broad Street in downtown Toccoa.

Also, AM 630 WNEG will broadcast live from Train Day as Toccoa greets the Crescent line Saturday morning starting at 6:05 a.m.