43rd Annual Model Train Show (2017)
Co-sponsored by the 4th Division (PNR, NMRA) and the Pacific Science Center.
The 4th Division, in cooperation with the Pacific Science Center, has presented an annual Model Train Show since 1973. For many years the show was on Thanksgiving weekend but is now every Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend.
The 4th Division members and friends provide layouts, displays, and activities that capture the interest of the general public about prototype trains, train models, and transportation in general. It is the goal to provide the public with helpful information about railroads from scale modeling to prototype safety practices. It is accomplished in a very informal setting.
Exhibits include modular and sectional layouts in many scales, from Z to G. While many are supplied by 4th Division members, we also invite different guest layouts each year so there’s always something new to see.
We welcome help from anyone willing to assist. This is a large show and many volunteers are needed to help. Don’t be shy — volunteer! Contact David Yadock for more information.
Show activities vary from year to year and past shows have helped youngsters learn about train safety, create scenery like trees and rocks, and actually run model trains on some exhibits. We, as part of the NMRA, want to show the community at large what we are about. This train show gives the 4D an opportunity to enlighten both young and old to the fascinating world of trains and the model railroading hobby. Partnering with the Pacific Science Center has given the 4D a perfect venue to make this happen!
- 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!
Dates: January 14–16, 2017
(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, at the corner of Denny and Broad.
Cost: Admission is included in the regular PSC admission fees. Their current rates, hours, maps, can be found here.
Poster: Click here to view or download the 2017 poster (PDF file). Please print it out and distribute it wherever you go so everyone you know knows about the show!