All aboard for Cincinnati’s winter model train festival

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CINCINNATI – Where better to celebrate the Queen City’s link to the great days of train travel than at the historic Union Terminal?

Cincinnati Museum Center’s annual model train festival, Holiday Junction, pulls into the station Nov. 29.

Rolling into its ninth year, Holiday Junction hasn’t lost any steam. Model train clubs and local collectors have teamed up with Cincinnati Museum Center once again to present intricate model train displays, cases of vintage trains and kid-sized train for children.

A fancifuI 2000-square-foot, O-gauge layout includes several trains running simultaneously through a four-level layout.

Recreation. Local model train collector Michael Jordan displays two dioramas recreating pages from the Lionel train “wish book” catalogs from the 1950s.

Using trains from his own collection, Jordan has designed layouts to duplicate what many children from days of the past hoped to receive for the holidays.

In addition, Cincinnati’s own Carlisle and Finch will display some of the oldest model trains ever produced, and Cincinnati Museum Center will feature some model trains from its own collection, as well.

The trains in Holiday Junction are models of real trains, but on a smaller scale. They include 0 gauge (48 times smaller), HO gauge (74 times smaller), G scale (22.5 times smaller) and N scale models (160 times smaller).

Watch as these trains, crafted with intricate detail, make their way around mountains, through villages, up hills and through tunnels on elaborate layouts.

Not all of the trains in Holiday Junction are tiny. Kids can journey through a winter wonderland – without scarves or mittens – on a train made just for them.

Hours. Holiday Junction runs Nov. 29 through Jan. 1, 2003.

Cincinnati History Museum, including Holiday Junction, is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with extended hours on selected dates.

Cincinnati Museum Center will close at 3 p.m. Dec. 24 and will remain closed Christmas day.

Tickets for Holiday Junction are included in admission to the Cincinnati History Museum: $6.75 for adults, $5.75 for seniors and $4.75 for children (ages 3-12).

Discount prices are offered when a ticket to more than one attraction is purchased.

For information, call 513-287-7000 or 1-800-733-2077 or visit www.cincymuseum.org.

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