Thursday, May 17, 2007

Brunswick Railroad Museum’s first train show this weekend

Proceeds go toward elevator project

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Proceeds from the Brunswick Railroad Museum’s train show this weekend will go toward installing an elevator at the museum.

Catherine Tynan, museum president, said the event is a first, and will feature seven train clubs from the tri-state area. The two-day event, co-sponsored by the City of Brunswick and Brunswick Lions Club, runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, rain or shine.

‘‘We’ve never done anything quite like this as a fund-raiser,” she said. ‘‘Train layouts will be set up along Potomac Street.”

Visitors can purchase tickets at the museum, 40 W. Potomac St. Regular admission to the train show is $7 for adults and $4 for children younger than 12. Combo rail passes are also available for $10 for adults or $7 for children younger than 12. The combo pass includes train show tickets as well as admission to the museum.

Brunswick Councilman Walt Stull, museum liaison, said he expects the city to play host to train enthusiasts from beyond the city. ‘‘It’s a good attraction to show off a little of Brunswick’s history through the railroad museum,” he said.

Tynan said she thought of the idea for the show after visiting a train show in Rockville and found it fascinating. ‘‘We’re excited because we’ll have several gauges of trains exhibited,” she said. ‘‘It will be beautiful and inspiring.”

The Baltimore Area N-Trak will be set up at the Brunswick Volunteer Ambulance Company. BANTRAK will showcase N-gauge trains at 200 W. Potomac St.

The Western Maryland Lego Club and Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Area Lego Train Club will be on display at the railroad museum with train layouts made out of the building blocks.

The Washington, Virginia and Maryland Garden Railroad Society will have trains displayed at Square Corner Park. The Shenandoah and Potomac Valley Garden Railway Club will be set up in the parking lot behind Book Crossing at 2 E. Potomac St. Both groups will feature large G-Scale models.

The Japan Rail Roaders of Washington, D.C., and the Washington, D.C., Z-Bend Track Club will have Z-gauge trains, the smallest commercially available, on display at the City Park Building.

Vendors will sell train memorabilia, food and model train supplies along the route, Tynan said. The museum will have a hot dog stand and visitors can shop at stores open along Potomac Street.

Stull said museum volunteers, including himself, continue to work on the third floor daily since it reopened last month, and he hopes an elevator will be installed by early next year. The museum’s 1,700-square-foot layout will be complete in time for the city’s Railroad Days, Oct. 6-7.

Tynan said the museum hopes to get back some expenses incurred earlier this year while it was closed for three months for maintenance. Volunteers redesigned third-floor exhibits, updated its model train layout and overhauled its first-floor gift shop. The museum has been raising money to install an elevator to make it more accessible to visitors.

The cost to install an elevator in the century-old building is about $210,000, Tynan said. The museum received a $40,000 grant from Maryland Historical Trust, and museum visitors and the city have contributed another $40,000. Burkittsville Girl Scouts have also raised $300 toward the project, Tynan noted.

To Learn More

For information, call the museum at 301-834-7100or visit