Saturday’s rainy start did not deter the folks with Friends of the Big Four Depot, as Depot Days unfolded as planned at Galion’s Big Four Depot and the adjacent Depot Pavilion.

Booths inside the Pavilion showcased photos, memorabilia, and more about the history of the depot and local railroading, while speakers brought unique stories and insights into the same topics.

Bill Fisher, for instance, spoke on “ “Crawford County Iron Horse Power,” reviewing each of the many rail lines that once traversed the county. Those included, of course, the two lines that crossed in Galion – the famous Big Four and the Erie railroads.

One guest asked Fisher to comment on “the day of November 1, 1902 in Crestline.” Fisher immediately knew what was being referenced and profiled what he knew of the massive explosion which took place that day in the Pennsylvania Railroad yards there. The Bucyrus Telegraph Forum called it, in a story published the following day, “…one of the most terrific explosions known in the United States.” It was felt, Fisher stated, as far away as Bucyrus.

Representatives of the Crawford County Arts Council and Lincoln Highway Association were on hand to stamp the new Crawford County History Passport. Inside the Depot itself, the Friends of the Big Four Depot were set up to do the same.

A food vendor was also on hand as well as items to purchase.

A representative shared on Monday that the turnout would likely have been even larger but for the early rain. A similar event held at the train station in Toledo – both held on National Train Day – brough 500 guests despite the much larger size of that community.

Photo: Bill Fisher speaks about Crawford County rail history – 1831Galion Photo