LA, San Bernardino book events mark ROUTE 66 RAILWAY DAY on Saturday, May 12
Celebrate the historic relationship of Route 66 and the Santa Fe Railway in California with “Route 66 Railway Day” on Saturday, May 12. It’s a family-friendly event on the rails and in two historic Southern California train stations, inspired by the colorful coffee table book Route 66 Railway.
Hosted by the California Historic Route 66 Association, railfans and highway fans can choose from three great opportunities, or combine them into an entire day of fun and exploration.
Los Angeles Union Station, 10-11:30 am:
Enjoy a brief presentation by author Elrond Lawrence about Union Station history and significance with an informal walking tour of the station: We’ll gather at the information desk (just inside the street entrance) before 10:00 am. Union Station is located at 800 N. Alameda in Los Angeles. Visit the station website at www.unionstationla.com.
Metrolink ride to San Bernardino
Buy a weekend Metrolink pass at Union Station (only $10!), get food to go at the station, and board a Metrolink train to San Bernardino for the afternoon event at the depot museum. We will assemble in a single rail car on train 362, which departs LA at 12:10 pm and arrives San Bernardino at 1:48 pm. (*See Metrolink advisory below.) Along the way, author Elrond Lawrence will provide commentary on his book Route 66 Railway and about the former Santa Fe route and Route 66 between LA and San Bernardino.
San Bernardino historic Santa Fe station, 2 pm to 4:30 pm
Enjoy a separate presentation by the author at the Santa Fe Depot in San Bernardino, with a book signing and tours of the depot and railroad museum. Route 66 Railway books will be available to buy at the museum gift shop for $35 plus tax. The station is located at 1170 W. Third St. in San Bernardino; visit the museum website at www.sbdepotmuseum.com.
The event is free except for the $10 weekend Metrolink pass and books. Register for the day at this Eventbrite link.
5/2 UPDATE – Metrolink has announced track maintenance on May 12-13 which will cause 45-minute delays on the San Bernardino Line. See this link for details.
Route 66 Railway is published by the Los Angeles Railroad Heritage Foundation, located at www.larhf.org. Elrond and LARHF are also on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.