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We’ve Tracked Down the Details on the Next Model Railroad Show

Diverse miniature worlds created and shared but all have a train or two running through them.




I went to the Model Railroad Show for the first time last year and it was amazing. (Pictures Here) Not only were the displays mindblowing in their scale and detail but seeing the reaction of visitors, especially the younger ones, was worth the price of admission. If you haven’t been you should definitely check it out. While you’re there you’ll also be able to do all the other exciting hands-on fun of the Science Museum.


The official announcement:

You’ve heard them all:

  • The Science Museum of Virginia has trained Virginians to attend the Model Railroad Show for more than four decades.
  • Nearly 15,000 Virginians choo-choo-choose to attend the popular train-themed event each post-Thanksgiving weekend.
  • Featuring all the bells and whistles, the Model Railroad Show goes full steam ahead.
  • The Model Railroad Show is a holiday tradition that keeps chugging along. It’s how the Museum rolls.
  • This year’s Model Railroad Show is on track to be the most exciting event yet.
  • The special activities we will conduct throughout the Museum to complement the Model Railroad Show will not derail guests from seeing miniature locomotives riding through iconic landscapes.

We concede: we have run out of train puns to put into a release announcing the 42nd annual Model Railroad Show at the Science Museum of Virginia November 29, 30 and December 1. This year we will just give you the important information without the puns. At least you will not have to roll your eyes reading this!

The Science Museum of Virginia hosts the 42nd annual Model Railroad Show. Dominion Energy is returning as presenting sponsor of the event.

The three-day post-holiday event is packed with activities, chief among them different train displays with various scaled locomotives riding through intricate landscapes and miniature cities created by HO, O and N-scale model train enthusiasts from across Virginia.

Guests can explore the inside of the Museum’s vintage train cars (which are only open once a year during the Model Railroad Show); take a trackless train ride on the Teddy Bear Express; see Clydesdale horses; watch blacksmiths forge custom metal pieces; enjoy steam engine demos; make a conductor hat or train scene in the Museum’s makerspace, The Forge; and watch “Rocky Mountain Express” on the giant Dome screen.

During the Model Railroad Show, guests can also visit “All Aboard!”, the Museum’s centennial anniversary exhibition featuring photography and artifacts that tell the story of Richmond’s booming train station during its years in operation (1919-1975).

Friday, Nov. 29, through Sunday, Dec. 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day

Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad St., Richmond, VA 23220

The Model Railroad Show is included with Museum admission, which is $15.50 for adults, $13.50 for youth and seniors and $10 for preschool-age children. Museum members and children two and under are admitted free. The Museum offers discounts for military, teachers and EBT cardholders. Dome tickets to see “Rocky Mountain Express” are additional.

A detailed schedule of the activities will be posted at closer to the event.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.