Carnegie Science Center

Carnegie Science Center
January 7
10 a.m.—7 p.m.

Get ready to do the locomotion at Carnegie Science Center this weekend.

Presenting the grand finale of its seasonal holiday events, the North Shore-based destination invites train enthusiasts of all ages to Locomotion Day. Free with admission, Locomotion Day features a rail yard packed with remarkable guest train displays by local hobbyists.

Go loco for locomotives as you celebrate all things trains—from iron horses, Pullmans and gander dancers, to boxcars, coaches and cabooses.

The youngest of engineers will love operating the event’s intricate train layouts and participating in engaging hands-on activities.

In need of a tune-up? You can even bring in your own model trains and get a free checkup at the “Loco Doctor” table, which will offer basic repairs, cleaning and oiling.

Next, head into the Miniature Railroad & Village where Lionel has a surprise contest waiting for all curious kids. Locate the Lenny the Lion figure, then snap a photo and post it on social media using the hashtag #WheresLenny for the chance to win a Polar Express LionChief Ready-to-Run set! The contest runs through Sunday, January 8th at 6 p.m.

Taking families on a historic walking tour of western Pennsylvania, the Science Center’s world-renowned Miniature Railroad & Village boasts some 250,000 trees, 23,000 Forbes Field fans, 105 animations, numerous airplanes, automobiles, horse-drawn vehicles, and trucks—and even a replica of the Monongahela Incline.

Originally on view during the holidays in the Brookville home of Charles Bowdish, the intricate display was moved to Buhl Planetarium in 1954, and then permanently installed at Carnegie Science Center in 1992.

Families will be dazzled by hundreds of realistic animated scenes illustrating how people lived, worked and played in our region from the 1880s through the 1930s.

Don’t miss the latest exciting addition to the Miniature Railroad & Village—a model of the Westinghouse Atom Smasher, a powerful symbol of Pittsburgh’s legendary industrial innovation. Created in 1937 in Forest Hills, the Atom Smasher was a pioneering laboratory for one of the world’s first large-scale nuclear physics research programs. To create the model of the iconic silver light bulb-shaped structure, Science Center staff used innovative 3D printing technology, along with photographs, archives and community input.

Be sure to look for additional local landmarks in the Village, such as Crawford Grill, Fallingwater, Forbes Field, Punxsutawney Phil, Gobbler’s Knob, Luna Park, Sharon Steel Mill, and more.

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Jennifer BaronArts & Entertainment / Jobs Editor

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...