Model Trains and the Marine Corps!
The National Museum of the Marine Corps is one of the best museums in the Capitol region. The museum is right off I-95 in Triangle, VA about 33 miles southwest of DC. It has an easy-to-follow layout, detailed displays, and celebrates some of our bravest men and women in United States history. And now, for two days in January, it has trains! The Rappahannock Model Railroaders will have their O-Gauge model railroads on display in the Leatherneck Gallery (the main gallery as you walk inside the museum) on January 28th and 29th, 2017.
It seems that, no matter the age, everyone loves to watch model trains. For many, model trains conjure up memories of railroads set up around a Christmas tree or other holiday display. But for others, like those of the Rappahannock Model Railroaders, the tracks and the engines are so much more. From the RMR website:
RMR’s mission is to promote the hobby of model railroading to all ages. RMR coordinates and participates with other model railroad organizations, including national associations and manufacturers, to provide training and assistance to organizations and the general public. Examples include expert speakers, organized workshops, and the display of various operating layouts.
RMR’s vision is to expand its area of influence and increase public awareness about the excitement and rewards of model railroading as well as helping to preserve the colorful history of America’s railroads.
The National Museum of the Marine Corps has tons of free parking and charges no admission fees. You can find more information on Family Days and other family-friendly events at the museum here.