Join Us for Train Day - November 1st
12th Annual Ashland Train Day - Saturday November 1st 10am-5pm
TOMORROW - October 29th - Tune into Virginia This Morning - CBS 6 to hear from our Train Day Chairman, Bill Gatewood and Tiny Tim's Toys owner Sue Hemingway.  Be on the lookout for Cinder and Tender - the Train Day Bears as well.  There is something for everyone at Train Day!  Join the celebration in Downtown Ashland 'Center of the Universe' Saturday 10am-5pm on November 1st
Cinder Applauds Tiny Tim's Toys 

Join us at the CSX Stage at 11am on Train Day to honor Sue Hemingway of Tiny Tim's Toys who will receive the "You've Been Noticed Award" sponsored by the Ashland Main Street Association.   She is sponsoring the Ashland Train Day Scavenger Hunt which will showcase more model train displays than ever before.  In addition she is sponsoring the Rockfish Band which will play outside the Library.   Read about her incredible staff and dedication to bringing quality entertainment to the Center of the Universe in the Herald-Progress insert.  We are very grateful for her enthusiasm and creativity! 
Pick up your Train Day Scavenger Hunt Ticket at the
Ashland Main Street Information Tent!
48 SPONSORS!  Click HERE to visit their websites and be sure to thank them in person!  We are so grateful to everyone who has contributed to this community event!  
CSX & Operation Lifesaver Educates Our Community

Katie Kisner (middle) from CSX met with Cinder & Tender to promote Train Safety last year.  They return again to share safety tips with our Train Day patrons and will have a special program called Operation Lifesaver at Stop #10 as part of the Scavenger Hunt.     We are so grateful to CSX for being our signature sponsor and providing this educational program for our community.  
FREE Raffle @ 4pm!  
On the back of your Scavenger Hunt Ticket you can enter to win your chance at (2) Free round trip tickets on Amtrak.  Stop by the Visitor's Center to see all the goodies that Amtrak has provided to our Train Day patrons.  Raffle tickets can be turned in at:
Main Street Information Tent
The Visitor's Center
Tiny Tim's Toys

Click HERE to see our Event Guide Map.  
Newest  Train Day Venue 

"G" Scale Garden Trains @

Many thanks to Pam Bishop, owner of Off And Dancing! studio who has generously allowed Train Day to use her space to feature the larger "G" Scale model trains- a treat for all rail fans.  This venue is located right across the street from Town Hall and the Red Caboose.  Look for her grandfather's Lionel display in the window which includes vintage cars and their original manuals.  We are so grateful that she volunteered her space to make our 12th Annual Train Day include more model trains than ever before! Check out Stop #7 and be sure to check out the dance demos in front of the Ashland Museum at 1pm & 3pm.  We love businesses that give back to our community!   
Trolleys are FREE!  

Many thanks to James River Air ConditioningGallery Flux, WTVR, Tiny Tim's Toys & Chick-fil-A for sponsoring our transportation! We expect over 7,000 people this year.    Pick up your Trolley at Rose's shopping Center, Martin's Shopping Center or  St. Ann's Church.  The Main Trolley Stop is behind Town Hall near re*funk*it & the Farmers Market.  
Click HERE to see our Event Guide Map.  
Questions? - call the Train Day HOTLINE #  804.412.7288.
Train Rides & So Much More

Rides are a huge hit at Train Day.  Many thanks to our sponsors for making this experience for our Rail fans so special.  Sponsors for the Kiddie Train Ride: Edward Jones Investments & Hanover Herald-Progress.  Sponsor for the Vintage Rail Car-  BB&T.  Sponsor for the Hand Crank Train Ride-  Haskins Collision and Auto Service Center.  Sponsor for the Speeder Cars- Jake's Place featuring Yohmans' Garden & Market Ashland Partnership.  Sponsor for the Moon Bounce- Randolph-Macon College.
Train Day is ROCKIN'  2014
Ashland local bands, The Tender, sponsored by Chick-fil-A and Buckville Hootenanny, sponsored by Hickory Creek Antiques will be performing throughout the day on the CSX Stage - Stop # 10 in the new municipal parking lot!   Did you know Tory Hendelman from Buckville Hootenanny received the R.E.B. teaching award at Liberty Middle School!?     


Rockfish Band, sponsored by Tiny Tim's Toys & Roger Reynolds - "The Singing Conductor", sponsored by Hubbard Law Group, P.C.  will be performing in the Library Plaza.  Jim Duckett, sponsored by Homemades by Suzanne & The Hanover Concert Band will perform at the Visitors Center. Back by popular demand - Mathew Dodd, sponsored by the Richard S. Gillis, Jr. Library will be do rail tunes and storytelling inside the library. The Southern Engine 615 & the Meadow Street Band will perform at the Farmer's Market.  The Masterworks Chorale will be performing Train Day Sing-Along songs all day at the Hanover Arts & Activities Center.  The Olde Time Irish Jam and the Sea Chanters will be performing at Ashland Coffee & Tea.  Off And Dancing! will perform Line and Swing dance demos in front of the Red Caboose at 1&3pm.  
Train Day is for music lovers too! 
 Click HERE to see the Entertainment Schedule for Train Day 2014.  
Train Day is for

History LOVERS too! 

Civil War History Mobile is back again this year and will be at the Visitor's Center all day! Tour an authentic Red Caboose at the Ashland Museum!   While you are there check out their newest exhibit which showcases Ashland historic homes.   A Civil War Ranger Program, sponsored by Ashland Simply Storage will also be on display.  In addition Doug Riddell will sign the book "Virginia's Legendary Santa Trains" in front of the Ashland Visitor's Center - a historic location! 
The Ashland Museum will have a Civil War Ranger Program and will have a model train on display in the back room of the museum.  See the Scavenger Hunt conductor at Stop # 5  and be sure to tour the Red Caboose!    The Ashland Firehouse Theater will have the documentary film "A Railroad Runs Through It" showing at 1&2pm.  
Many thanks to Ed Hutchinson from the Ashland Kiwanis Club  for organizing our volunteer force.  He has recruited students from 4 high schools in the area and Key Club members at Randolph-Macon College.  Train Day could not happen without the entire Kiwanis family.   
Many thanks to Pepicelli's Pizza for organizing our Food vendors & providing lunches to all our volunteers.  The Checkosky family is no stranger to giving back to our community.  They placed Train Day fliers on their pizza boxes and even did a few radio shows to advertise Train Day!  We are very grateful for their dedication to Hanover County.

Many thanks to BidSmith Auctions, a Bronze level sponsor who will hold a preview of their Planes, Trains and Automobiles Auction on Train Day.   We love businesses who get into the Train Day spirit.

Hickory Creek Antiques  is having Santa & the Snow Queen visit their store on Train Day.  They are located at  427 England Street.   The Santa Train book signing will be at the Visitor Center.  

Local artist Tommy Thomasson has made a Railroad Crossing sculpture which will be auctioned off on Train Day at re*funk*it.  This unique store is a Bronze level sponsor and is located near the Main Trolley Stop next to the Farmers Market.  
We look forward to seeing you in 'the Center of the Universe' on
Train Day - Saturday Nov. 1st!  

Click HERE to see our full Entertainment Guide.    Feel free to call our Train Day HOT LINE if you have any questions:  804.412.7288  
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