Model Train Exhibit Now Features Union Station

When you watch a model train chug through a tiny town on itty-bitty tracks, it’s magical — whether you are 5 or 95. And now The Puget Sound Model Railroad Engineers (PSMRE) train layout at the Washington State History Museum has its crown jewel – a pint-sized Union Station.

The detailed Union Station was added to the permanent display on Dec. 20, and it was a labor of love that was in the making for 17 years. The unveiling ceremony Thursday night included a plaque presented to Gail Hendrickson who built the model.

“We are excited to see this impressive model installed. The Puget Sound Model Railroad Engineers have delighted so many museum visitors with their model train layout, and we’ve enjoyed a wonderful partnership for 22 years,” said the Washington State Historical Society’s director Jennifer Kilmer. “The spectacular Union Station model is truly the icing on the cake.”

The train layout is a world class display and the largest in the state on permanent display. It features Tacoma and the greater Puget Sound area in the 1950s. It travels through time and by landmarks such as the Brown & Haley candy factory in Tacoma (where the Almond Roca is still made), the historic Meeker Mansion in Puyallup, and the former Top of the Ocean restaurant that was on Ruston Way that was three decks high and was the place to dine, dance, and celebrate. It was destroyed by an arsonist in 1977 and never rebuilt.

While the main display is a permanent fixture — starting today the 23rd Annual Model Train Festival will kick off and run through Jan. 1. The Model Train Festival has become a holiday tradition and South Sound magazine is proud to be its media sponsor this year!

See Santa from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Dec. 21-23 and get a free digital photo. New this year is the opportunity to ride a model train simulator.

 Address: 1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma

 Hours: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. On the Third Thursday of each month admission is free and its open from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 

Admission: Free for members; Adults $14; seniors (age 65+), students (age 6-17) and military (with ID) $11; free for children 5 and under; family rate $40 (up to two adults and four children under age 18). Patrons with a Washington Quest card and licensed Washington Foster Parents can attend for $1 per person or $2 per family.

About The Washington State Historical Society
The Washington State Historical Society partners with our communities to explore how history connects us all.

Address: 1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402
Hours: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Tuesday through Sunday. On the Third Thursday of each month, 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM. 
Admission: Free for members; Adults $14; seniors (age 65+), students (age 6-17) and military (with ID) $11; free for children 5 and under; family rate $40 (up to two adults and four children under age 18). Patrons with a Washington Quest card and licensed Washington Foster Parents can attend for $1 per person or $2 per family.

Washington State Historical Society’s most visible activity, the Washington State History Museum (WSHM) is located in Tacoma’s downtown core along Pacific Avenue among a thriving cultural scene. The museum features interactive permanent exhibitions about Washington’s past in the Great Hall, unique rotating exhibitions highlighting the Society’s collections, and dynamic feature exhibitions.

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