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Garland Heritage Celebration

When: May 30 - June 1, 2014
Where: Historic Downtown Garland

The City of Garland and the Landmark Society will host a Heritage Celebration and ribbon cutting of the new Heritage Crossing pedestrian corridor that runs along the DGNO rail line, Saturday, May 31, 2014. A high point of the celebration will be the rededication of the 1901 Santa Fe Depot’s Texas State Historical marker and the reopening of the Landmark Depot Museum.

Additional activities are intended to mark the planned Santa Fe railcar exterior refurbishment, the Sixth Street extension from Austin to Walnut, and to emphasize Garland’s railroad heritage. Events will include a model train exhibit at the Central Library, entertainment by local musicians, movies shown in the Plaza Theater, and guided walking tours of historically significant sites in the downtown area, including the Square.

If your business or performance group is interested in participating, please contact Jackie Justice, 972-205-2752 or jjustice@garlandtx.gov.  

Scheduled Activities:

Friday, May 30
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Model Train Railroad Exhibit, Central Library (until 6 p.m.)
10:30 a.m. Family Train Fun at the Library, Central Library
Saturday, May 31
10 a.m. - Ribbon Cutting and Landmark Museum Re-Dedication Ceremony, The Depot at Heritage Crossing
Model Train Railroad Exhibit, Central Library (until 6 p.m.)

10:30 a.m.  - Family Train Fun at the Library, Central Library
10: 30 a.m. - Landmark Museum Tours, The Depot at Heritage Crossing
11 a.m.  - Historical Downtown Walking Tours featuring Downtown Businesses  (leaves from The Depot platform every 30 minutes, until 3 p.m.) Musical Entertainment, Heritage Crossing
7 p.m. - Garland’s Square Pickers, Downtown Square
8p.m. - "Meet Me in St. Louis" the movie, Plaza Theatre - FREE! 
Sunday, June 1
2 p.m. - Model Train Railroad Exhibit, Central Library (until 6p.m. 5 p.m.)

Family Train Fun at the Library, Central Library
Spring Creek Model Railroad Club HOn3 Narrow Gauge Railroad Exhibit, Central Library, North Program Room, 625 Austin Street, Downtown Garland.
Friday, May 30, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 31, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, June 1, 2 to 5 p.m.

Spring Creek Model Railroad Club’s HOn3 narrow gauge layout is based in the 1920’s and features many industries that were common to the narrow gauge railroad during that time. The layout is approximately 19’ x 16’ and includes a logging industry, an oil boomtown scene, a marble quarry, a mining camp, several small town scenes and a switching yard. Up to three trains can be run at once and railroad equipment includes steam locomotives from the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad and the Rio Grande Southern Railroad. There are many different types of trains running including passenger and freight trains and maintenance trains - all featuring a wide range of train cars. Freight trains usually have anywhere from four to twenty cars and passenger trains typically have four or more cars. The narrow gauge track featured on the layout is a prototypical 3’ wide gauge that was common to mountain regions and regions with narrow rail access.

Train stories, scavenger hunt, prizes, a whistle parade, and a visit to the Model Railroad Exhibit. Central Library, 625 Austin Street, Downtown Garland.
Friday, May 30, 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, May 31, 10:30 a.m.
Sunday, June 1, 2 p.m.

Children will have a blast listening to incredible stories and participating in activities such as a scavenger hunt with prizes and a whistle parade. Each program will end with a visit to the Spring Creek Railroad Club model railroad exhibit. All Garland Heritage Week activities in the Library will be led by Professional Children’s Librarians.