Model Train and Quilts Themes of Next Museum Exhibit

Posted on 11/3/2016 12:24:54 AM

Holiday Wheels and Thrills: A model Train DisplayOpening Saturday, November 12, 2016, the University Museum will unveil its next exhibit, Holiday Wheels and Thrills: A Model Train Display. The exhibit, which also features locally created quilts, will be open through December 10, and admission is free.

In support of enhancing community spirit during Indiana County’s Bicentennial Holiday Season, the Indiana Area Model Train Collectors, part of the Train Collectors Association, and members of the Plumcreek Country Stitchers Quilt Guild are coming together to present a working model train display and holiday quilt exhibit at the IUP University Museum.

The exhibit will include six operating train layouts and a number of stationary exhibits depicting model railroading evolution from the early 1900s to the present day. In addition, the work of the Plumcreek Country Stitchers Quilt Guild will grace the walls of the Museum along with holiday trees, decorations, and toys.

Organizer Tom Ott explains, “Part of the fun while visiting the display will be to see if you can locate models similar to those you, your parents, or grandparents owned or displayed when you were a child, and for young and old alike to re-experience the fun of model railroading during the holiday season.”

Children will enjoy the “All Aboard” call of Tom Hanks as the Polar Express pulls out for another run to the North Pole and the unique pastel shades of the Pink Girl’s Train traveling down the rails. All will enjoy with the steam, diesel, and yard sounds of the modern age models while revisiting a by-gone era as the steam locomotives whistle and chug down the track mixing with the horn blasts of the early diesel engines.

Exhibits will also include a variety of vintage and modern day displays, including Pre-War Standard and “O” Gauge; Post-War “O” and “S” Gauge; Modern “G” (Garden) Scale, “O” Scale, “S” Scale; “HO”  Scale, “N” Scale, and “Z” Scale. Members of the Model Train Collectors will be on hand during Museum hours to power up the model trains.

A free public reception will be held Saturday, November 12, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the University Museum, located on the first floor of Sutton Hall. In addition to viewing the exhibit and enjoying refreshments, guests can sing along to train-themed songs with musician Alan Luckey. Luckey will also be in the museum each Thursday for the duration of the exhibition from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Regular museum hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 2:00–6:30 p.m.; Thursday noon–7:30 p.m.; and Saturday noon–4:00 p.m. The Museum is closed on Sundays and Mondays and November 21–26 for the Thanksgiving holiday. 

This exhibition is supported, in part, by the Student Cooperative Association. The University Museum receives state arts funding support from a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts through the Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance.

For more information on this and other related events or to schedule a tour, please contact Leslie Kluchurosky at or 724-357-2397.