Caltrain Celebrates 150th Birthday

By Vince Cestone
|  Saturday, Oct 19, 2013  |  Updated 12:54 PM PDT
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Caltrain kicks off it's 150th anniversary Saturday.

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Caltrain is celebrating its 150th anniversary Saturday with a community festival at the Menlo Park station.

The celebration lasts from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will include historic displays, model railroads, vendors, food, trucks, and free ice cream, according to Caltrain. The event will also include historic re-enactors in 1863 costumes.

Caltrain Board Chairman Ken Yeager said the railway's link between San Francisco and San Jose has been vital to Bay Area traverlers for over a century.

"The importance of the railroad can hardly be overstated and all of us are fortunate that it has survived to beneift generation after generation," Yeager said. "This anniversary provides an opportunity to learn more about its history. We encourage people to join us in Menlo Park as we celebrate this milestone."

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The festival will have about two dozen exhibits, including model railroads, according to Caltrain. The opening ceremony is scheculed to begin at about 11:30 a.m.

Caltrain said it will host another event on January 18, 2014 to to celebrate full railroad service between San Francisco and San Jose.

Caltrain is the oldest passenger railroad on the West Coast that is still in continuous operation.

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