While Santa’s elves produce a lot of train sets each holiday season, they can’t hold a candle to the quality and scale of the ones on display each year at the Washington State History Museum’s Model Train Festival.
“Railroads have played an important role in our state’s history,” said Jennifer Kilmer, director of the Washington State Historical Society. “The model train festival provides a wonderful opportunity for us to share that history in a fun environment that involves Washington state residents and brings to life their passion for model trains.”
The event showcases model train displays designed and assembled by model train enthusiasts across the state including: Boeing Employees Model Railroad Club, Cannonball Express, Pierce County Lionel Club, Mount Rainier N-Scale, 4D NTRACK Group, 4D PNR HO Modular Group, Puget Sound Model Railroad Engineers and Washington State Operation Lifesaver. The displays occupy every floor of the museum and include the largest permanent model train layout in the state.
Extended to 11 days this year, the Model Train Festival runs from December 21 to January 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission to the Washington State History Museum is free for kids age 5 and under; students ages 6 to 17 are $7 each; Adults 18 and over are $9.50 each; Seniors (60 +) are $7; and Military personnel are $7 each. Entrance is free for Historical Society Members. For driving directions and tips on parking, visit the Museum’s website.
The Washington State History Museum is located at 1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, Washington 98420.