ETTRICK – Train Day was moving right along until the conductor started singing. Then everything stopped, if but only for a moment.
The second annual event was held Saturday at the Ettrick-Matoaca Library and drew quite a crowd in spite of the rain, library manager Angela Bennett said. She noted that 303 people attended this year’s event compared with 400 who attended last year.
The event – a collaboration of community members and Chesterfield police – featured three miniature train displays, historical train paraphernalia, a story time for children with police officer Joey Kierson, singing by conductor Roger Reynolds, a talk by “Virginia Rail Trails” author Joe Tennis, crafts, bluegrass music and appearances by the Cinder and Tender bear mascots.
“It’s just a great community event,” Matoaca District Supervisor Steve Elswick said. “It’s amazing to see so many kids fascinated and engaged and enjoying themselves.”