Climb aboard History Museums’ train show

July 28, 2009

By Angelo Grosso

Paul Yount and his son Karl, regular train depot visitors, check out the    G-scale model trains at a layout set up on a flatbed railroad car, during the annual Issaquah Train Show put on by the Northwest Pacific Z-Scalers.By Michael Johnson / NewEra Photography

Paul Yount and his son Karl, regular train depot visitors, check out the G-scale model trains at a layout set up on a flatbed railroad car, during the annual Issaquah Train Show put on by the Northwest Pacific Z-Scalers.By Michael Johnson / NewEra Photography

All aboard for Issaquah’s annual train show Aug. 1!

The Issaquah History Museums is hosting its fourth annual Train Show from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Issaquah has a long history with trains, dating back more than 120 years, with the creation of the Gilman Train Station in 1889. In fact, the city was originally named Gilman after the train station.

“The purpose is to bring history of trains with Issaquah to the people of Issaquah,” volunteer coordinator Karen Klein said. “We want to get people interested in the history of Issaquah and that involves trains.”There will be model trains on display, an air horn to blow, and a speeder will be going up and down the tracks.

The Northwest Pacific Z-Scalers will have their z-scale (very small) model layouts on hand. They will also have build-your-own trains at the Lego train center display.

“The Lego trains are great for the whole family,” said Z-Scaler Tom Gilchrist. “The whole show is for families. There’s something for everyone”.

There will also be a garden railroad display, titled G-Scale. These are the types of trains that people usually have in their gardens and flowerbeds. The Puget Sound Garden Railroad Club will showcase its live steam engine train that utilizes steam to get the train running.

“This event only happens once a year in Issaquah,” Gilchrist said. “Our goal is to support the Issaquah Historical Society, especially the train depot.”

The Train Show is free with museum admission, which is $2 for adults and $1 for children. Family passes are available. Donations would be great and are welcome, Klein said.

“It’s a very positive experience,” she said. “People get very excited and really enjoy themselves. A lot of parents and adults become children again when it comes to the some of the displays, especially the air horn!”

Reach intern Angelo Grosso at isspress@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress.com

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