Destinations: Model trains at the Pacific Science Center this weekend

Sunday, January 20, 2013

The 4th Division of the National Model Railroad Association is having their Model Railroad show this weekend at the Pacific Science Center.  The NMRA been doing this since 1973 and provides railroad layouts and activities that capture the interest of the general public about trains and trail models.

The show runs January 19-21 (Saturday – Monday and the hours are 10:00 am to 6:00 pm each day.  Admission is included in the regular Pacific Science Center admission fee.  More information.

Show Highlights

  • The show features several opportunities to operate trains: youngsters can drive loop tracks and older children and adults on railcar delivery layouts.
  • The Pacific Northwest Public Transportation Museum will have a large display of historical photographs and memorabilia.
  • Visit the Northwest Railway Museum's information table to learn more about their activities for young people. The museum, located in Snoqualmie and North Bend, offers rides during much of the year and hosts Thomas the Tank Engine each summer.

Several layouts feature Digital Command Control, enabling multiple trains to run on the same track at the same time, even in different directions! DCC uses handheld remote controls that communicate via radio signals to a central computer which transmits instructions through the rails to control chips wired inside each locomotive.

Come to the Pacific Science Center and learn all about the latest in model railroading while having a great time. And don't forget the kids and grandkids!


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