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GALESBURG, IL – The 37th Annual Railroad Days is going on this weekend in Galesburg. This year’s event is special because it’s also the 160th anniversary of the first steam engine that came to the city of Galesburg.

A replica of the first steam engine will be at Railroad Days for people to tour.

“To see a steam engine in action puts so much history into it,” says Jim Clayton, President of the Galesburg Railroad Museum.

Clayton is a fourth generation railroader, who says this event is his favorite of the year. “This is different than a lot of communities. There are so many things that go on during Railroad Days, whether you like model trains, the railroad, or the 5k run. If you like something, it’s here.”

More than 10,000 people from all over the United States will be in Galesburg this weekend.

Robbie Showalter, Foreman on the Track Department of the Galesburg Terminal, has helped with Railroad Days for years. He says, “It’s always been a fun weekend for children and their families.”

Dennis Clark, Co-Chairman of Galesburg Railroad Days, says there will be food, beer and carnival fun for all ages right in the heart of town. “Come down and enjoy the other activities. Everybody likes a pile of onion rings and a lemonade shake up.”

Most of all, visitors will get to tour the city’s rail hub, where a hundred trains a day roll through, heading in as many as seven directions. It’s the second largest terminal in the nation.  

For more information, visit http://www.galesburgrailroaddays.org/.

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