Model Train Exhibit

Date: 13-Jan-2018
Capacity: Not Set (Available)



WMMI's holiday themed railroad exhibit is open during regular museum hours and is included with our standard admission. We also have numerous related books for sale in our gift shop - a perfect holiday gift for the train enthusiast in your life!

The exhibit includes several types and sizes of model train layouts, some of which are kept running so both children and adults can see how they work. On display is a handmade metal train with a mining theme. The engine and cars were made by the owner and employees of the Card Iron Works in Denver, which manufactured mining equipment from 1892 until closing in 1969. This handmade set dates from just before World War II.

The train exhibit closes on January 27, 2018.

Of special interest to model railroad enthusiasts, the museum has for sale an extensive array of model railroad accessories, including some model train sets, landscaping materials (buildings, figures of people and animals, light poles, etc.), track, books, DVDs, and VHS tapes, all at unbeatable prices. So stop by before everything is gone!


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History of model trains.

Model trains have been the Christmas delight of youngsters for many generations.  From the most primitive replicas of the "iron horse" in the 1800s to the most sophisticated railroad sets of the today, trains have remained atop the Christmas lists of both the young and old.

Many boys and girls who were introduced to trains as young children have never lost their fascination with them, and still enjoy settling in to recapture childhood fantasies on a cold winter's day at home.  For some, trains conjure up images of mystery and adventure while other folks simply enjoy the engineering challenges of the railroad era.

Steam engine trains and locomotives were not invented until the 1800s, but the basic idea of trains dates back much further in time.  The ancient Romans developed a paved railway system for beast-drawn wagons.  Then later, in the coal mining regions of England, horse-drawn wagons were built on the same basic idea to carry coal from the mines to river loading sites.  Both of these are the predecessors of the modern trains of today.

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