The 4th Division, in cooperation with the Pacific Science Center, has presented an annual Model Train Show since 1973. 4th Division members and friends provide layouts, displays and activities that capture the interest of the general public about trains and train models.
Exhibits include modular and sectional layouts in many scales, from "Z" to "G".
While many are supplied by 4th Division members,
we also invite guest layouts which change each year so there's always
something new to see.
Show activities vary from year to year and in the past shows have featured activities where youngsters learn safety around trains, make scenery (such as trees or rocks), and get to actually run trains on some exhibits. There are candy trains, trains that kids can ride, and even a strolling barbershop quartet.
(Dr. Martin Luther King Day weekend)
Hours: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm each day.
Location: Pacific Science Center, under the five white arches near the Space Needle, corner of Denny and Broad
Cost: Admission is included in the regular PSC admission fees. Their current rates, hours, maps, can be found here.
More Info: Information on other activities at the Pacific Science
Center is here. Their page about
this train show is here.
Poster: Download a PDF file of the above poster, print it out, and distribute it wherever you go so everyone you know knows about the show!
- 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!
Don't be left standing at the station.
Come aboard and enjoy the show!