Train Lovers Flock to Science Museum of Virginia Weekend after Thanksgiving for Model Railroad Show
41st Annual Holiday Event Kicks Off Centennial Celebration of Broad Street Station
Presented by Dominion Energy
It wouldn’t be the weekend after Thanksgiving in Richmond without thousands of guests cho-cho-choosing to enjoy train-themed fun at the Science Museum of Virginia. Celebrating its 41th year, the Model Railroad Show, presented by Dominion Energy, takes place Nov. 23 – 25.
The three-day event is packed with activities, chief among them eight different train displays with various scaled locomotives riding through intricate landscapes and miniature cities. Created by HO, O and N-scale model train enthusiasts from across Virginia, this year’s event features more displays than last year, including a layout never before exhibited at the Museum. Guests will also enjoy seeing enhanced and new scenes in the displays of clubs that have participated in previous Model Railroad Shows.
Guests can also explore the inside of the Museum’s vintage train cars (which are only open once a year during the Model Railroad Show); take a trackless train ride on the Teddy Bear Express; see Clydesdale horses; watch blacksmiths forge custom metal pieces; watch live steam engine demos; build a breath-powered train in the Museum’s new makerspace, The Forge; and watch “Rocky Mountain Express” on the giant Dome screen.
This year’s event kicks off the Museum’s celebration of the centennial anniversary of the first train leaving Broad Street Station in January 1919. On November 23, the Museum is debuting “All Aboard!”, an exhibition featuring photography and artifacts that tell the story of Richmond’s booming train station during its years in operation (1919-1975). Guests can also embark on a Broad Street Station-themed scavenger hunt and explore several commemorative centennial gifts in the Museum’s Shop4Science. This programming is leading up to an anniversary celebration event on January 6, 2019.
“The Model Railroad Show is part of the tapestry that makes Richmond a great place, and a Virginia holiday tradition that creates lasting memories,” said Richard Conti, chief wonder officer. “This year, we are also looking forward to celebrating the legacy of Broad Street Station, which has connected the community for 100 years.”
This year marks a new partnership with Dominion Energy as presenting sponsor of the Model Railroad Show.
“Enriching the cultural vitality of our region is central to the mission of our corporate foundation,” said Hunter A. Applewhite, president of the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation. “So we’re pleased to help share the joy of this expansive and interactive display of model trains, especially during the holiday season.”
The Model Railroad Show takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, through Sunday, Nov. 25. Museum members have special early access starting at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 23, and Saturday, Nov. 24. 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 $15 for adults, $13.50 for youth and seniors and $10 for preschoolers between the ages of 3 and 5. Museum members and children two and under are admitted free. The Museum offers discounts for military, teachers and EBT cardholders.
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