Featured image: Steam locomotive (photo by H.P. Gruesen, via Creative Commons)
See model trains at different scales chug through miniature landscapes, talk to the creators, take a mini-train ride, and try your hand at vehicle building through interactive exhibits at the 44th Model Railroad Show, Saturday-Monday, January 13-15, at the Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Avenue North, at the Seattle Center. The show is part of the Pacific Science Center’s “Curiosity Days: On the Move” event.
Groups from Pacific Northwest model railroad clubs to 4-H students are displaying their model railroads in the Ackerly Family Exhibit Gallery and Buildings 2 and 3. The mini-train rides are outside in the courtyard, on the upper level of Building 3.
In addition to the railroad displays, check out these activities. All are held throughout the day on the dates indicated.
Jeff & Alicia Carnevali Pavilion, Tinker Tank
Stop at a Dime, all weekend—Design and build a vehicle that can stop quickly. If you don’t succeed the first time, try again as many times as you want.
- Solar Cars and Magnetic Trains, January 13-14 only—Build solar cars and learn how to build a simple electromagnetic train.
- Link Light Rail Train Color and Build, January 13-14 only—Color paper trains and play on the Link Light Rail floor map.
- Making Connections in Seattle, January 14 only—Speakers from the University of Washington’s Electrical Engineering Department will talk about the challenges and solutions for getting people and things from one end of Seattle to the other.
In the IMAX theater, watch Rocky Mountain Express, a film that takes you on a stream train trip through the beautiful, rugged Canadian Rockies and tells the story of building the nation’s first transcontinental railway. Show times are at 10:30 and 11:45 a.m.; and 1, 2:15, 3:30, and 4:45 p.m. today through Monday, January 15.
Entry to the 44th Model Railroad Show is included with general admission. Prices vary by packages selected. IMAX films require a separate ticket, or buy a combination package that includes one show (buy tickets).
The Pacific Science Center is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. January 13-14, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on January 15. Parking is available at the center and nearby. The Seattle Monorail and several buses stop there. (Get directions, parking locations and pricing, and public transit details.)
For more information, visit the Pacific Science Center’s “On the Move” page, call (206) 443-2001, or email email@example.com.