The Science Museum of Virginia is celebrating the 37th Annual Model Railroad Show this Thanksgiving weekend, remedy November 28 – 30. The annual holiday event welcomes the community, click out-of-town visitors and holiday travelers to celebrate innovation, ingenuity, science, and engineering at the Museum.
All weekend long, trains are the main attraction in this historic, renovated train station. Museum guests get an up-close look at a diverse collection of HO and O scale model trains layouts from the River City 3 Railers, Silver Rail Club, Rantrak and more. In addition to Q&A sessions with the modelers, workshops demonstrate how to weather train cars with chalks and how to install DCC decoders.
Train enthusiasts are invited to explore the Museum’s vintage train cars, open to the public exclusively during the Model Railroad Show, and view the newly restored steam locomotive or take a guided tour of the luxurious RF&P Car ONE. New to the show this year are trackless train rides aboard the Teddy Bear Express in front of the Museum, available to the public on Friday, November 28 only. Model Railroad guests are invited to watch a blacksmith forging items from railroad spikes or meet Clydesdale horses, animals that were used as a major form of transportation before trains.
“The Model Railroad Show is a chance to celebrate one of the most technologically advanced systems of the 19th century, that served as a transportation workhorse through most of the 20th century and is now something we yearn to bring back in the 21st century,” says Richard Conti, Chief Wonder Officer, Science Museum of Virginia.
Weekend activities include live science demonstrations, where Museum educators will make pies explode and use liquid Nitrogen to shatter stuffing. Presentations on the Museum’s six-foot suspended globe, Science on a Sphere® and steam science will also be featured throughout the show. Weekend guests will be challenged to build circuits, test their knowledge of history and trains during Railroad Jeopardy, and sample seasonal and healthy snacks inside of the Boost! gallery.
Trains also roll in the Museum’s full dome theater during the 37th Annual Model Railroad Show. The Dome, the largest film screen in the state, is showing special presentations of the animated modern classic, The Polar Express. Rocky Mountain Express, a giant screen film about the building of Canada’s first transcontinental railway, will also be featured inside of the five-story theater this holiday season.
Rounding out the weekend, the Carpenter Science Theatre Company features several live productions during the traditional holiday celebration. Model Railroad Show guests are encouraged to dust off their conductor’s hats and delve into the science of trains.
The Model Railroad Show is included with exhibit admission to the Science Museum of Virginia. Tickets are $11 with $1 discounts for ages 4-12 and 60+. Show times can be found, along with a detailed schedule for the weekend, at www.smv.org or by calling 804.864.1400.