Model rail­road­ing show set for Kent Nar­rows

Record Observer - - Arts & Entertainment -

CH­ESTER — The sched­ule for the 2016 hol­i­day train show spon­sored by the Queen Anne’s Mu­seum of Eastern Shore Life in con­junc­tion with the Queen Anne’s Rail­road So­ci­ety and the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Track­ers has been an­nounced. The 2016 Fes­ti­val of Trains will be held the first two week­ends in De­cem­ber: Satur­days and Sun­days, Dec. 3 and 4 and Dec. 10 and 11.

Vis­it­ing hours each day will be from noon un­til 5 p.m. It is open to the pub­lic free of charge, though do­na­tions would be sin­cerely ap­pre­ci­ated. Com­pli­men­tary Christ­mas cook­ies and punch will be avail­able.

Santa Claus will make an ap­pear­ance for the chil­dren the sec­ond week­end from 1 to 3 p.m. each day, and a pho­tog­ra­pher will be avail­able.

Raf­fle tick­ets will be sold with chances to win model train sets.

Mem­bers of the Queen Anne’s Rail­road So­ci­ety and the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Track­ers will have their dis­plays set up, usu­ally rang­ing from the tiny Z scale to the very large G scale. The O and HO scales are the most com­mon and most pop­u­lar.

The “dis­ap­pear­ing train” is al­ways a pop­u­lar fea­ture. A long train en­ters a short tun­nel and com­pletely dis­ap­pears for a minute be­fore reemerg­ing.

Many elab­o­rate town set­tings and back­drop scenery pro­vide pic­turesque set­tings for the dis­plays. Many com­po­nents of the train sets and scenery are an­tique, go­ing back to the early 1900s.

More than 3,000 vis­i­tors at­tended last year’s train show and a large crowd is ex­pected again this year as pop­u­lar­ity of the show grows.

The train show will be held in the old out­let mall on the Kent Is­land side of Kent Nar­rows, north of U.S. Route 50/301. Ac­cess is easy via exit 41 at the west end of the Kent Nar­rows bridge.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Shown are some of the more than 3,000 vis­i­tors who at­tended the 2015 train show en­joy­ing some of the elab­o­rate model trains and the town and back­drop scenery pro­vided to cre­ate an ex­cit­ing en­vi­ron­ment. Chil­dren of all ages, 2 to 102, en­joy see­ing the model trains.

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