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Vintage trains, model trains, a chili cookoff, a hobo film, and much more will roll out June 8-10 for Dunsmuir’s 73rd Annual Railroad Days event.
The railroad celebration kicks off Friday evening, June 8, with a preview of the old-time trains from the Western Pacific Railroad Museum based in Portola. Champion Club, a Dunsmuir swing band, will perform that evening.
The next day things get into full swing with a noon parade, River Run, kids’ activities, food and crafts vendors, and live entertainment featuring Evelyn Horner’s Front Porch Swing Band, Ron Lovelace, and Pangia World Music.
There will also be two screenings of the hobo documentary, “That’s The Ticket Road Hog: The Hobo’s Song,” directed by Dunsmuir’s Bill McIntyre. McIntyre will be on hand to discuss the film, which features footage from hobo conventions around the country and a special appearance by legendary folk singer Pete Seeger. The film gets its name from a legendary hobo, Don Desimone, also known as “Road Hog,” who made Dunsmuir his home base for many years.
“In making the film, I discovered an amazing hobo world filled with great people and great stories,” says McIntyre.
The film will be shown at 1:30 p.m and 4 p.m. at the Dunsmuir Community Resource Center across from the California Theater at Dunsmuir Ave. and Pine St. There will be no admission charge, but attendees can make a voluntary donation for next year’s Railroad Days.
Over in the UP railyards, in addition to the old-time trains, there will be rides for kids and adults on speeder cars and on the old roundtable.
Sunday will feature a chili cookoff sponsored by the Dunsmuir Chamber of Commerce and more live entertainment from the likes of Jimmy Limo, Alison Scull and Victor Martin.
For more information call (530) 235-2355, (530) 235-2177, or go to www.dunsmuirrailroaddays.org.
Major Sponsors for the event include the city of Dunsmuir, Roseburg Forest Products, U S Bank, PremierWest Bank, Dunsmuir Chevron, Pacific Power, Mercy Medical Center, Bombs Away LLC, Dunsmuir Chamber of Commerce, Union Pacific Railroad, Western Pacific Railroad Museum, Feather River Rail Society, and the Shasta Cascade Rail Preservation Society.
-from press release