Model railroading show set for Kent Narrows
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.
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.