All Aboard for Trains!

Nov. 14, 2014 – Jan. 4, 2015
A Nashville Holiday Tradition for the Entire Family!

Hear that whistle off in the distance? It’s coming from the Adventure Science Center and it sounds the start of the holiday season! The All Aboard for Trains! exhibit is a model train extravaganza heralding the beginning of the holidays and delighting young and old with a dizzying array of magical model railroads.

The Center’s Lionel O train runs on a double loop track, and visitors can control the elements on the display with buttons and levers as the trains travel through a city, into rolling farmlands, by a rock quarry, and past a replica of a county fair. Another Lionel O train, built especially for young children, travels through a winter wonderland right at kids’ eye level. In addition, different scales of trains operate on ASC’s Scales Mountain Layout, and when entering the Science Center, visitors will be greeted by the beloved Thomas the Tank Engine and friends operating on the Garden Scale Winter Village.

"We don’t stop playing with trains because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing with trains!" —Dr. Jack Fisher

All train displays are included with general admission. 

Whistlestop Weekend | Special Activities Nov. 14-16
During this special weekend, enjoy:
  • Hands-on activities about train types and scales
  • Engineering design challenges
  • Presentations on train safety and public transportation in Nashville
  • Demonstrations by Middle Tennessee Robotic Arts Society

Contributing model layouts:

  • Tennessee Central Railroad Museum train clubs
  • Cumberland Valley Model Railroaders
  • Nashville Ntrak Tennessee

After Whistlestop Weekend, a wide selection of model train layouts will remain on display at the Center through Jan. 4, providing excitement to visitors young and old during the holiday season.

The Science Center thanks our generous 2014 Whistlestop patrons:

Dr. Jack and Rev. Clare Fisher
Will and Joan Cheek

Additional support provided by:

Phillips Toy Mart 


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