The wailing whistle, the chug-chug-chug of the locomotive, and the clickety-clack of iron wheels on the track ellicit the romance of railroading for almost everyone.
Young people and children are encouraged to discover the lure and lore of “the train,” while enjoying the creative fun and excitement of making their own, scale-model railroad layout.
The build-your-own-train childrens’ activity at Sharlot Hall Museum is set for Saturday, March 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Family visitors can view the Museum’s new railroad history exhibit, “Meeting the 4 O’Clock Train,” and inspect the model train layout in the Museum theater.
For creative inspiration, the Museum’s exhibit showcases the local heritage of railroading with artifacts, historical panels, and features a 20-foot by 12-foot HO-scale model railroad scene created by the Central Arizona Model Railroad Club depicting the downtown Depot, the Dells, and the roundhouse of Prescott.
After watching the scale-model steam engine pull the Pullman cars over the Granite Creek trestle and through the Dells, youth can inspect artifacts of early railroading on exhibit, as well as compare steam versus diesel engines with a short multimedia show.
Then they can draw their own landscape and railroad tracks before painting a steam engine. Add a caboose or rail car or two. The creative, educational activity is FREE to youth with an adult admission, and will be held continuous from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Parents, enjoy watching your kids discover the lore of railroading and the creativity of model training, while you explore the Museum and rediscover the history and heritage of train travel by “Meeting the 4 O’Clock Train.”
Sharlot Hall Museum is located at 415 West Gurley Street, two blocks west of the Courthouse Plaza in downtown Prescott. For more information, contact the Museum at 928-445-3122 ext. 10.