Make Tracks to Adventure Science Center
for 27th Annual Whistlestop Weekend
Nashville’s annual model train event runs Nov. 15-17
NASHVILLE, Nov. 8, 2013—That “chugga chugga” sound you hear can only mean one thing: model trains of all sizes are once again pulling into Adventure Science Center’s Whistlestop Weekend, a three-day event devoted to railroad fans of all ages Nov. 15-17.
Celebrating its 27th year, Whistlestop Weekend invites visitors to experience the enchantment of the area’s finest model railroads and enjoy train-themed presentations and hands-on activities at the Science Center.
“Whistlestop Weekend puts everyone in the spirit,” said Larry Dunlap-Berg, an educator at Adventure Science Center. “Each year, we can sense the excitement among guests of all ages as they return to visit these intricate model trains and the elaborate worlds they inhabit. The exhibit has become such a special part of the holidays for so many Middle Tennesseans.”
The exhibit features collections from local train enthusiasts and includes train layout sizes from the tiny Z all the way up to larger G scale, providing visitors with incredibly detailed, scaled landscapes along each train’s route. In addition to Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends, some of the model railroads include interactive components that allow guests to control elements of the layout, such as spurring ice skaters to life or making a trolley begin its route.
“As train enthusiasts often say, ‘We don’t stop playing with trains because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing with trains!’” added Dunlap-Berg.
During Whistlestop Weekend, the Center will offer hands-on activities about train types, scales and engineering design challenges. Plus, visitors can enjoy presentations on train safety, public transportation in Nashville and special demonstrations by the Middle Tennessee Robotic Arts Society.
Sponsors for the event include Dr. Jack and Rev. Clare Fisher, and Will and Joan Cheek. Additional support is provided by Phillips Toy Mart. Contributing model layouts this year are Tennessee Central Railway Museum train clubs Cumberland Valley Model Railroaders and Nashville Ntrak Tennessee.
Whistlestop Weekend is included with regular admission to Adventure Science Center, which is $13 for adults, $11 for children ages 2 to 12, and $12 for seniors 65+. Certified TN teachers (with school ID) are free. For more information about this and other exhibits, visit www.adventuresci.org.
After Whistlestop Weekend, a wide selection of model train layouts will remain on display at the Center through Jan. 5, providing excitement to visitors young and old during the holiday season.
About Adventure Science Center
For more than 65 years, Adventure Science Center has brought science to life for students, teachers and families in Middle Tennessee, Southern Kentucky, Northern Alabama and beyond. The Center offers hands-on, interactive exhibits and engaging programs that encourage visitors of all ages to explore how science is relevant in their lives. Adventure Science Center encourages imagination and curiosity in a fun, dynamic learning environment. For more information, call (615) 862-5160 or visit www.adventuresci.org.