You're in for a "rail" fun time at the Wenham Museum this winter! Celebrate 17 years of this model train tradition, and discover a magical world where model locomotives traverse bridges, disappear into tunnels and stop to pick up tiny passengers along the way. Train-fans of all ages experience a rail-adventure featuring 15 model train layouts that all operate with the push of a button. This year, railroad artifacts, memorabilia, large-scale models and antique toy trains are also on display, including a rare model of the New England Limited of 1891, nicknamed the Ghost Train, that travelled through the night between Boston and New York. Through Feb. 24, you can see the beloved Snow Train to Bakersville a G-gauge holiday model train layout where old-fashioned cars fill the gas lit streets, and tiny clothespin people visit snow-covered houses as the train clatters by. From Jan. 19 - 21, the NMRA-accredited Master Model Railroaders will present a classic HO-scale room-size model train layout with multiple trains traveling miles of tracks from country-scenes to city-skyscrapers. Also, on Feb. 16 & 17, you can view a special exhibit -- the Lego Train, crafted by the New England Lego Users Group. All aboard! Ongoing, Tues. - Sun., 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Adults, $8; ages 1 - 18, $6; under one and members, free. Wenham Museum, 132 Main St., Wenham. www.wenhammuseum.org
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