Mark your calendars for this year's Derry Railroad Days. Enjoy the parade, family activities, model train display, and museum. You will be treated to excellent food and craft vendors, and great entertainment the whole family will enjoy right up until sunset that day!
Derry Railroad Days is an annual celebration of the railroading heritage of Derry, PA. Each September the community celebrates this in a variety of ways, including the traditional parade, the Railroad Days festival, a Hobo Picnic, and much more!
Saturday starts off with a parade at 10am. Free on-stage entertainment and off-stage demonstrations, food, crafts, informational booths. Railroad gift shop at the caboose. Fireman's museum, model train display, Juvenile Junction and a trackless train both days! The festival opens on Sunday at noon, festivities end at 5pm, both days.
Derry Railroad Days has a purpose to recognize and preserve the railroad hertiage of Eastern Westmoreland County, especially Derry Station. It is important to honor the railroad men and women for their significant contributions to the culture, enrichment, and history of the Derry Area.
Originally known as Derry Station, Derry was first created in 1852 specifically to serve the Pennsylvania Railroad. Derry's location was ideal for a major railroad station due its access to water, and because it sits on top of a slight summit along the railroad right-of-way. Back in the late 1800s, Derry had four hotels, mostly to suit railroad workers, and a roundhouse where locomotives would recieve daily maintenance, and a massive railroad yard.
There is very little left tothe railroad in Derry today. In the 1920s, construction on a new set of tracks set to bypass Latrobe and Greensburg began, but the route was never completed.
The 1st Annual Derry Railroad Days Festival was held in 1990. The Derry Railroad Days foundation is sure to keep their heritage alive by continuing this historic event each September.