Holiday model trains and a holiday open house

Nov 15, 2017

Model trains are a traditional, enduring fixture of the holiday season that brings a spark of wonder and delight to many.

In the spirit of the holidays, the public is invited to the Swamp Creek & Western Railroad Association, 210 Railroad Avenue, Edmonds on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. as the SC&W members operate their HO scale model trains across their layout.

Many of the model trains operating on the layout are equipped with Digital Command Control (DCC) technology and will feature the element of sound.

The SC&W is located near the waterfront and is the former baggage room of the Edmonds Amtrak station.

The layout features 400-feet of HO scale track that passes through miniature towns and detailed scenery. The route models travels from southwestern Washington near the Columbia River, over White Pass, and into the central part of the state. This pathway was actually surveyed and nearly constructed by three transcontinental railroads (the Northern Pacific, the Union Pacific and the Milwaukee Road) in the late 1800s.

The layout is placed more than four-feet above the floor. Parents and/or guardians of small children have to lift them up and hold them so they can see the layout of the trains. Parents and guardians must maintain a presence among their children while visiting.

Visitors should be aware that the narrow aisles of the layout might present limited ADA access.

The Swamp Creek & Western Railroad Association began in 1974 in a Lynnwood hobby shop. It has been located in the Edmonds Amtrak Depot since 1977.

While viewing model trains, visitors are encouraged to ask questions about the layout and the hobby, but are asked to not touch the model trains and the layout.

Admission is free.

For more information, please call 425-879-2220 and leave a message.

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