FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
||Theresa Adams Lopez
LOS ANGELES TO HOLD
FREE COMMUNITY RAIL FESTIVAL
More than a Half Dozen Rail Locomotives and Cars will be on Display
Celebrating Rail's Past, Present and Future
at the Port of Los Angeles
PEDRO, Calif. – March 30, 2007 – As
part of the Port of Los Angeles’ year-long Centennial Celebration, the Port
will hold a Rail Festival on Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The
free event will take place at the Port’s San Pedro Rail Yard, located at 6th Street and Harbor Blvd. in San Pedro, adjacent to Ports O’ Call Village, and
will feature more than six rail locomotives and cars from the Port’s past
and the latest “green” technology locomotives that will lead the Port’s
future rail growth, kids’ activities and rail museum displays.
A centerpiece of the Rail
Festival is Engine 3751, a historic steam-powered locomotive owned and
operated by the San Bernardino Railroad Historical Society. Also featured will
be several private cars, an Amtrak Dinette Car, and the latest in green
technology locomotives. All cars will be available for viewing.
Adding to the rail
festivities are the Lomita Railroad Museum, MTA, the Orange Empire Railway Museum,
Southern California Traction Club, and the Port of Los Angeles’ Centennial
pavilion. The Port’s Waterfront Red Car Line, with authentic and replicated
Pacific Electric Red Cars, will be offering free rides all day, and serving
as a shuttle service from offsite parking.
Free activities will be
available for children, and Radio Disney will be onsite from noon until 2
p.m. Food will be available for purchase. Free parking is available at 22nd Street and Miner & Signal Streets in San Pedro, with shuttle service via bus
or Red Car to the event. For more information, call (800) 831-PORT or see
the Port’s website at www.portoflosangeles.org.
Celebrating its Centennial in 2007, the Port of Los Angeles is America's premier port. As the leading seaport in the nation in terms of shipping container volume and cargo value, the Port generates 259,000 regional jobs and $8.4 billion in annual wages and tax revenues. A proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles, the Port is self-supporting and does not receive taxpayer dollars. At the Port of Los Angeles, high priority is placed on responsible and sustainable growth initiatives, combined with high security, environmental stewardship and community outreach. For its industry leading environmental initiatives, the Port received two Environmental Protection Agency awards in 2006. The Port of Los Angeles – A Cleaner Port. A Brighter Future.