Model Railroad Show Celebrates 40 Years at Science Museum of Virginia
Train Lovers Will Enjoy All Things Locomotive Nov. 24, 25 and 26
Four decades of train-themed fun continues at the Science Museum of Virginia with the Model Railroad Show. Celebrating its 40th year, the special holiday event takes place the weekend following Thanksgiving, Nov. 24 – 26.
Guests can enjoy model train displays, explore the Museum’s vintage train cars, take a trackless train ride on the Teddy Bear Express, see Clydesdale horses, watch blacksmiths forge custom metal pieces, participate in science experiments, take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage and make train-themed crafts. In addition, for the 40th annual event, the Museum will have a special mini-exhibit featuring items from historic Broad Street Station.
“The Model Railroad Show is a Virginia holiday tradition that celebrates the legacy of Broad Street Station, creates lasting memories and reminds guests that science is all around us,” said Richard Conti, chief wonder officer.
This year’s event will feature seven different train displays with scaled locomotives riding through intricate landscapes and miniature cities. With the opening of its new Dewey Gottwald Center in April 2017, the Museum now has a space to showcase all of the layouts in the same area for the first time.
Three train cars sitting on the tracks behind the Museum will be open for guests to explore including the luxurious Car ONE, built in 1919 and used to take state legislators and RF&P clients and leadership to DC. Car ONE is only open once a year during the Model Railroad Show. Visitors can also see the 1944 Chesapeake & Ohio steam engine then head inside the Museum for steam engine demonstrations.
Additional activities include physics, friction, speed and force-in-motion experiments and demonstrations; hands-on craft projects; and “Train Your Brain” trivia contests featuring fun facts about railroads, locomotives and Broad Street Station.
The Museum is also displaying items from its collection during the special event in the Forum, which currently tells the story of Richmond’s booming train station during its years in operation (1919-1975) through a series of black and white photographs.
The Model Railroad Show takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 24 and 25, and from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 26. Museum members get special early access on Nov. 26 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Horse-drawn carriage rides are available on Nov. 26 only. A detailed schedule of the activities will be posted at www.smv.org closer to the event.
Model Railroad Show activities are free with Museum admission, which is $14.50 for adults with a $1 discount for seniors and youth.
About the Science Museum of Virginia
The mission of the Science Museum of Virginia is to inspire Virginians to enrich their lives through science. Through hundreds of experiential exhibits, awe-inspiring artifacts and interactive technologies, the Museum presents dynamic science programming to hundreds of thousands of guests each year. The Richmond-based museum is home to three floors of interactive exhibits, The Dome theater – the largest movie screen in Virginia – and proudly hosts dynamic traveling exhibitions from around the world. Learn more at www.smv.org.
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