Friday, November 30, 2012

All Aboard for the Maine State Museum!

Model Railroad Celebration and Free Admission Highlight Museum Activities on December 7 and 8
Augusta, Maine - Whether making a first-time discovery of model trains chugging along the tracks or revisiting memories of days gone by, family members of all ages will delight in the sights and sounds of the Model Railroad Celebration at the Maine State Museum in Augusta. The two-day event runs on Friday, December 7 from 9 am to 4pm and Saturday, December 8 from 10 am to 3 pm. The museum will be open free of charge both days.

The celebration will feature two clubs; the Great Falls Model Railroad Club and the Maine 3-Railers Club members will set up and operate a variety of displays running G, HO, O, and N-gauge model trains.

The link between model trains and the holidays has an historic connection. The first regularly scheduled passenger train in the United States began in 1830 on Christmas Day. Toy trains appeared soon after, as railroads came into regular use. Long before electricity was a mainstay in homes, children and adults constructed model motorized trains that ran on steam power.

Trains figure prominently in the museum's collections. Most notably, the 1846 Lion, one of America's earliest surviving steam locomotives, continues to be a popular attraction as it greets visitors at the museum's entrance.

The Maine State Museum is located at 230 State Street in Augusta, adjacent to the Maine State House.  The Museum is open Tuesday through Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, closed Sunday and Monday.  For more information check the museum’s website: www.mainestatemuseum.org

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