Of all the innovations of industrial age, the train was the most important. The steam-powered locomotive helped advance 20th-century agriculture, transportation, textiles and communication. On Saturday, Nov. 2, Ashland holds the 11th annual Train Day with a slew of family-friendly train activities centered on English engineer George Stephenson’s 1830 invention. There will be miniature train rides, memorabilia displays, model trains, antique railroad equipment and a performance by the Everyday People Band. It’s a fun-first history lesson, but the train shouldn’t be considered an antiquated relic. High-speed rail is a central component of the future of transportation. So remember that you’re really looking into the world of tomorrow. Activities begin at 10 a.m. Free. mainstreetashland.org/train-day. — Chris Bopst
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