Annual model train extravaganza pulls into town Nov. 13-15
NASHVILLE, Nov. 3, 2015—A familiar “chugga chugga” sound is making its way to Adventure Science Center, which means Whistlestop Weekend is just around the corner! Guests and railroad fans of all ages can enjoy the festivities as part of general admission Nov. 13-15, hailing the beginning of the holiday season.
Celebrating its 29th year, Whistlestop Weekend allows visitors to experience the enchantment of the area’s finest model railroads and enjoy special train-themed presentations and hands-on activities. More information is available at www.adventuresci.org/whistlestop.
Whistlestop Weekend activities (Friday – Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
· What’s with Whistles? – Explore how whistles work and hear how their sound can differ, even craft your own unique whistle to take home!
· Engine, Engine Number 9 – Discover the power of a variety of engines, including steam engines and homopolar motors.
· Magical Maglev – Did you know that Maglev (magnetic levitation) trains travel by magnets that provide both lift and propulsion? Learn more about magnets while getting hands-on with a simple electric train!
“Model trains have been woven into our history for decades – even before Whistlestop Weekend began,” said Larry Dunlap-Berg, an educator at Adventure Science Center. “Back in the 1950s, former Nashville Mayor Ben West had a passion for model trains, so he helped to raise funds for an exhibit that showcased the layout of the Nashville transportation center. We appreciate being able to pay tribute to our beginnings while exciting our guests with these intricate models and elaborate displays.”
Whistlestop Weekend, which kicks off the Science Center’s All Aboard for Trains! exhibit, features collections from local train enthusiasts and includes train layout sizes from the Z scale all the way up to larger G scale. Intricate landscapes can be found along each train’s route. Guests will be able to view Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends and watch as ice skaters and Ferris wheels come to life with just a press of a button.
Organizations contributing model railroad layouts include Cumberland Division, Southeast Region- National Model Railroad Association, Music City Chapter of the Train Collectors Association and Nashville NTRAK.
As one of the patrons of this event, Dr. Jack Fisher, often says, “We don’t stop playing with trains because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing with trains.”
Whistlestop Weekend activities and train displays are included with general admission to Adventure Science Center, which is $14 for adults/teens and $11 for youth ages 2-12. The All Aboard for Trains! exhibit will remain on display at the Center through Jan. 24, 2016.
Program subject to change.
Special thanks to the generous patrons sponsoring this event: Dr. Jack and Rev. Clare Fisher, and Will and Joan Cheek, as well as Phillips Toy Mart for their support through in-kind donations of locomotives and other model railroad materials.
About Adventure Science Center
For 70 years, Adventure Science Center has brought science to life for students, teachers and families in Middle Tennessee, Southern Kentucky, Northern Alabama and beyond. The Center offers hands-on, interactive exhibits and engaging programs that encourage visitors of all ages to explore how science is relevant in their lives. Adventure Science Center encourages imagination and curiosity in a fun, dynamic learning environment. It is located at 800 Fort Negley Blvd. in Nashville. For more information, call (615) 862-5160 or visit www.adventuresci.org.