For Immediate Release                                                                                  April 29, 2014

Contact: Mary Pat McCarthy

419.241.9155 ext 106

Federal Administrator Featured at Opening Ceremony of Train Day Toledo

WHO:     Karen Hedlund, Deputy Administrator Federal Railroad Administration

WHERE: Toledo Amtrak station (415 Emerald Ave.) and upstairs at the Grand Lobby of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza

WHEN:    Saturday, May 3, 9:30 a.m.

Karen Hedlund, Deputy Administrator Federal Railroad Administration, will attend Train Day Toledo Saturday, May 3 and will speak at the opening ceremony which begins at 9:30 a.m.  The Toledo Train Day celebration is one of the largest in the country. The Toledo event is traditionally one week ahead of train day in the rest of the U.S., giving Toledo best access to historic locomotives, Amtrak passenger train cars, and train historians. Also a special guest in 2014 will be artist Robert West, a railroad illustrator who was inspired by his grandfather, a Pullman Porter.

Ms. Hedlund joins area elected officials and railroad executives to open the festivities. Following their remarks, Train Day is open with tours of passenger train cars and locomotives trackside, and model train layouts and other displays upstairs in the Grand Lobby. Rides, food, music, history, and art are all part of the free, family fun day. Parking is limited at the plaza but there is a shuttle between the plaza and Owens Corning corporate headquarters.

Karen Hedlund has been Deputy Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration since December 2011. She led successful negotiations with several Class I host railroads to secure Service Outcome Agreements, supporting the timely obligation of nearly $8 billion in grants to 32 states and the District of Columbia. Ms. Hedlund also participated in the development of an historic multi-state procurement for Next Generation rail equipment in California, Washington State, and the Midwest.