Kids and trains go together, whether it's a Christmas train circling around the tree or a portable Thomas the Train set that they can pick up and carry with them. The Bedford Museum has a great O Gauge train exhibit on display that your kids will love. O Gauge is one of the most common sizes of model railroads, with a scale proportion of 1:48.
Whether you have toddlers, school-aged kids or teens at your house, the Bedford Central Railroad Club will welcome you to their annual exhibit at the museum.
The display includes a double track with tunnel and trestle and lots of miniature villages. Club president Nelson Wilmer is the engineer who runs the trains around the track, delighting those who watch. The two big steam trains go in opposite directions, slowing down and speeding up as Wilmer runs the controls.
Kids can operate the trolley on the big display and watch it run back and forth. There is also a Thomas the Train set that kids can operate themselves located beside the big display. Some of the visitors to the train exhibit return each year to watch the trains. Others decide that model railroading looks like fun and get involved in the hobby themselves.
Model railroading is a hobby that attracts all ages, from children to grandparents. Railroading is a great hobby that can involve all members of the family working together. Kids can learn about carpentry, electricity, history, art, geography and more as they help with the building of structures and scenery for a model railroad set.
January is National Hobby Month, a great time to start a new hobby or continue an old hobby. Whether you think your family might enjoy model railroading as a hobby or you just want to see the trains, you have a few more weeks to visit the exhibit at the Bedford Museum.
When you walk in the front door at the museum, you can purchase tickets for the handmade train blanket that the club is raffling. The exhibit is on the third floor of the museum, located at 201 E. Main Street in Bedford. The trains will be on display through Jan. 26 during regular museum hours from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
The museum is free to the public; however, a $3 donation is requested for adults. The train exhibit is free, but donations are accepted. New and gently used stuffed animals are being collected for the Teddy Bear Brigade, a ministry of Gleaning For The World.
If you're looking for a great family activity this weekend, the train exhibit at the Bedford Museum should be at the top of your list.