Must-See Model Trains and Quilts on Display at University Museum

Posted on 11/1/2018 10:48:18 AM

A model train chugging on the tracksThe IUP University Museum will soon be kicking off the holiday season with their upcoming exhibit. From November 10 to December 16, 2018, the University Museum presents Holiday Wheels & Thrills: A Model Train Display. The exhibit also features locally created quilts.

The Museum will be open for extended hours for this exhibit.

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 2:00–6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: Noon–7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: Noon–4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 1:00–5:00 p.m.
  • Closed: Mondays, and November 19–26 for the Thanksgiving holiday

Admission is free, and free parking is available in the IUP Parking Garage after 5:00 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends.

To support and enhance community spirit this holiday season, the Indiana Area Model Train Collectors and members of the Plumcreek Country Stitchers Quilt Guild are coming together to present a working model train display and a holiday quilt exhibit at the IUP University Museum. Members of the Model Train Collectors will be on hand to power up the model trains. This is an exhibit the whole family will enjoy and one you will not want to miss! Bring your family and friends for a magical holiday experience.

This creative exhibit will include a variety of vintage and contemporary model train displays depicting the evolution of model railroading from the early 1900s to the present day. Carefully created holiday quilts will brighten the walls of the Museum, along with holiday trees, decorations, and toys. As exhibit coordinator, Tom Ott, explains: “The intricately detailed holiday quilts are a ‘must see’ and add so much to the atmosphere and warmth of the holiday display.”

The model train collectors invite you to come and see if you can spot a model train or toy that rekindles special childhood memories, or that you shared with your mother, father, grandfather, grandmother, or any family member. Special interest for kids will include Thomas the Train, the Polar Express, and the unique pastel shades of the Pink Girl’s Train traveling down the rails. There will also be a special Iraqi Freedom Military Train.

As the trains chug down the tracks, visitors may hear steam locomotive whistles and diesel train horn blasts, along with railroad yard sounds of a by-gone era. New to the displays this year are a model train running upside down and a large scale Standard Gauge. The exhibit also features an operating HO scale layout, designed by local artist and retired art teacher H. K. Miller, which will be given away to a lucky family at the close of the exhibit.

A model train display at the University MuseumA free public reception will be held on Saturday, November 10 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the University Museum, located on the first floor of Sutton Hall. Visitors are invited for refreshments and to sing along to train-themed songs with musician Alan Luckey. Luckey will be strumming and singing in the Museum each Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for the duration of the exhibit.

The Indiana Area Model Train Collectors will also be collecting donations for the Teddy Bear Fund Drive, which raises money to provide medical care to children.

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

For more information on this and other Museum events, please contact Audrey Swartz, IUP Department of Art, at 724-357-2530, or email