The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire has created a special opportunity for young train enthusiasts that will include activities at the museum as well at the Dover Rail Yard. The museum’s second annual Train Time event will take place on Sunday, June 10 from noon – 2 pm and all activities will be included in the museum’s regular admission price ($9 adults & children, $8 seniors, children under 12 months old free).
“We have known for years that kids are fascinated with trains, as evidenced by the enduring interest in our wooden train set at the museum,” said Paula Rais, Outreach Coordinator for the Children’s Museum. “What began as a simple idea to create a event focused on trains has turned into something much bigger where children not only learn a great deal about trains and safety, but also climb aboard a real locomotive and meet railroad personnel. We are grateful to Pan Am Railways, Amtrak Downeaster, Regal Limousine, Operation Lifesaver and the Seacoast Division of the National Model Railroad Association for their enthusiastic partnership in planning this second annual event.”
Children will be issued special tickets as they enter the museum and a uniformed train conductor from the Amtrak Downeaster will be on hand to talk with families, answer questions and punch each child’s ticket. Children will also receive free train activity books, pencils, engineer hats and more.
In the museum’s Project Area, children can create their own colorful train mosaic to take home. In another part of the museum, representatives of Operation Lifesaver will be on hand to educate families about rail safety. Operation Llfesaver is a national organization whose mission is to end collisions, deaths and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings and on rail property through a network of volunteers in all 50 states.
Children can also enjoy two different model train displays courtesy of the Seacoast Division of the National Model Railroad Association. There will be a Lionel Portable Three-Rail Layout O-Scale brought by Sandy Roberts of Lebanon, Maine, and a Large-Scale Freeform Floor Layout G-Scale 12-foot long set-up brought by Rich Breton of Rochester. There will also be a model railroad information table with some display cars, a train video and handouts.
The off-site part of the Train Time event takes place at the Dover Rail Yard at 75 Oak Street. Families will be shuttled to and from the rail yard via complementary trolley service provided by Regal Limousine, leaving from outside the museum. At the rail yard, families will be able to tour an authentic Pan Am freight locomotive engine. Volunteers from Pan Am Railways will be conducting train tours, punching tickets and answering questions. Tours and shuttles end at 2 pm.
All of the Train Time activities will be offered earlier in the day for families participating in Exploring Our Way, the Children’s Museum of NH’s Autism Partnership Program.