This summer, L.A.’s iconic downtown venue will set “Dreams in Motion” with an up-close look at the magic of train travel at Union Station’s Summer Train Fest. The free family event will feature a rare collection of beautifully restored vintage train engines and cars from the 1940s, 50s and 60s.
The festival, held from 10 a.m. — 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 14, throughout Union Station, will showcase the future of train travel with exclusive and rarely seen train cars from Metrolink and Amtrak and vintage fan favorites including:
ZEPHYR FLEET: Silver Lariat and Silver Solarium, two classic Budd-built stainless steel streamlined Zephyrs from the 1940s.
REDWOOD EMPIRE: 1923 Pullman business car, Santa Fe No. 33, with original Mission Revival interior.
THE UTAH: Vintage parlor café-lounge car from American Railway Explorer.
NATIONAL FORUM: 1956 Pullman sleeper car from the Pacific Railroad Society Inc.
In the historic Ticket Concourse, train enthusiast can also enjoy state-of-the-art 360° virtual reality stations featuring a selection of train-themed experiences including a train ride through the Swiss Alps along with a variety of model railroad displays and special tutorials from the Los Angeles Model Railroad Society, High Desert Modular Model Railroad Club (HDMMRC), the Del Oro Pacific Large Scale Modular Railroaders, and SoCal’s top private model-railroad collectors.
Metrolink and California High-Speed Rail will offer an interactive glance into the high-tech future of train travel, while the Los Angeles Union Station Historical Society and the Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation showcase the storied past of rail transportation in the city.
An expanded Kids’ Zone will feature a Thomas the Tank Engine play area, Boy Scout Story Time, face painting, arts and crafts, and train-themed games and entertainment throughout the day.
Vintage automobiles, L.A.’s premier food trucks and music from the city’s hottest DJs will keep the festivities “on track,” while local vendors, including Griffith Park Travel Town, will offer model-train supplies, toys and train merchandise. Additionally, California Operation Lifesaver will be providing train-safety education and awareness.
Check in at the Union Station Information Booth for a festival map and free Event Passport. The first 1,000 guests to complete the passport will receive a commemorative Summer Train Fest pin.