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Washington State Historical Society: 27TH ANNUAL MODEL TRAIN FESTIVAL

December 22, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Take your family and friends on a magical journey through the marvelously detailed world of model railroads at the Washington State History Museum!
Friday, December 22, 2023 – Monday, January 1, 2024
Closed Sunday and Monday, December 24 and 25.
Included with admission.

The Model Train Festival brings railroad clubs from around Puget Sound to share their incredible, room-sized layouts in the History Museum! Every floor of the museum comes alive with trains, from the Kitsap Live Steamers 7.5-inch gauge railroad engines to the Mount Rainier N-Scale layout featuring miniature scenery of Western Washington and so many more.

Plus, the largest permanent model train layout in Washington is always on display at the museum on the fifth floor, operated by Puget Sound Model Railroad Engineers. Train operators will be on hand for questions and conversations.

Take a break from the live layouts to relax and enjoy trains on the big screen in our auditorium. We’ll feature footage from I Love Toy Trains and I Love Big Trains, from filmmaker Tom McComas with delightful songs by James Coffey. Learn about freight train signals, railroad history and what it’s like to be an engineer. Great for kids and train lovers of all ages!

The Model Train Festival wouldn’t be complete without a memorable photo opportunity! Step into our seasonal backdrop for free selfies.

Remember to pick up your collectible train button at the Admissions desk, too!


Washington State Historical Society
(112) 532-7297
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Washington State History Museum
1911 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, 98402
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