41st Annual Model Railroad Show
January 17-19, 2015

 

A Northwest family tradition, the Annual Model Railroad Show, now in its 41st year, is one of our most popular programs.

  • Explore dozens of model railroad displays and layouts.
  • Enjoy hands-on activities and crafts for people of all ages.
  • Discover the history of Pacific Northwest Railway museums.
  • Take a ride on the Iron Horse Railway kid-sized train.
  • Check out custom train displays and create LEGO trains and tracks at the interactive LEGO trains station.


Listing and Description of exhibits for the 2015 Pacific Science Center Model Train Show:

4-H T-Trak Modules
This group is part of the Snohomish 4-H group that constructs small desktop modules commonly referred to as T-trak. They can be either in N or HO scale.

Baby Gramps
This is a unique display/diorama of very well detailed buildings and trains that are highly weathered and expertly crafted.

Build A Dream Display
This is an adjunct to the NMRA. This display explains some of the wonderful aspects of model railroading. There are individuals that will show how some of the various scale models are created for the scenes shown on the layouts displayed.

Cascades N Western Layout
This is a smaller N scale layout that features some scenes to show how it was built and what techniques were used in its construction. It also allows some hands on running of trains for the public.

NMRA Display
This is the main group that promotes the model railroading hobby through the process of education. The NMRA promotes uniform standards for the model railroading community.

Northwest Railway Museum
This museum is located in the town of Snoqualmie. It preserves and runs real full sized railroad equipment. It features train rides on weekends and has special train rides for the holidays.

Northwest Public Transportation Historical Group
This group is dedicated to historically preserving all aspects of public transportation. The group has many artifacts and pictures in its display.

Operation Lifesaver
This informative display teaches both young and old about the dangers of railroad grade crossings and railroad safety in general.

Playmobile Layout
This semi-modular layout uses Playmobile figures and trains to create many varied and whimsical scenes depicting everyday life. Playmobile uses G scale track and accessories.

PNR 4th Division Hi-Rail Group
This modular group exhibits the historically large O scale three rail model trains. This type of track is commonly referred to as "tin plate or hi-rail". This was very popular in the 1940-50s as Lionel produced many popular models in this scale.

PNR 4th Division HO Group
This modular layout shows what can be done with an HO scale layout that conforms to the HO scale interface standards of the NMRA. This layout can be made to various shapes and sizes based on standard sized modules. This is very similar to the NTRAK group but using a different size scale.

PNR 4th Division NTRAK Group
This modular layout shows what can be done with an N scale layout that conforms to the NTRAK interface standards of the NMRA. This layout can be made to various shapes and sizes based on standard sized modules.

PNR 4th Division OMNI-Rail Group
This modular layout shows what can be done with an N scale layout that conforms to the new Omni interface standards of the NMRA. The modules of this layout can vary in size and shape but have standard track locations. Just like the other modular layouts, it can be custom made to various shapes and sizes based on the number of modules.

Rio Grande & Pacific Layout
This layout is a personal layout that shows how a layout is constructed. The layout is operational and functions as a useable layout as well as a training layout to show construction techniques.

United Northwest Model Railroad Club
This layout is an N scale heritage sectional layout. It was built prior to the standardization of modular designs. It can only be put together in one track plan. It offers many detailed scenes with full scenery.

Whidbey Island Model Railroad Group
This group provides a classic "Time-saver" switching puzzle layout. It allows the public hands on running of trains.

Wood-Trak Modular Wood Railway
This ankle height modular railway offers real hands on running of wooden trains and engines for even the smallest of model engineers. The height of the modules allows small children full access to the layout.

 

Participants and activities subject to change. Entry to this program is included with the price of general admission - free for Pacific Science Center members.

Produced in cooperation with the National Model Railroad Association, Pacific Northwest Region, 4th Division.