trainarticleThe National Museum of Industrial History is kicking off the holiday season with a special train display and events highlighting the history of railways in the region.  From December 10th through December 31st the Museum will host a large display of 1/2” scale model railroad stations featuring Phillipsburg, West Portal, Easton, Freemansburg, and Bethlehem as well as G-Scale models including Lehigh Valley’s historic Black Diamond train.  Check out our photo display featuring industrial and historic sites throughout the Lehigh Valley.  The displays will be operational on Dec 10, 11, 17, 18, and 30.

On December 10th starting at 11:30am the Museum will be presenting “Reels & Railroads.” In conjunction with our holiday train exhibit, National Railway Historical Society Film Archivist Mitch Dakelman will be presenting an afternoon full of original 16mm projections in the museum’s Education Center.

On December 17th at 1pm the Museum will continue its “Meet the Expert” Series with “ModelMaking: Recreating the Trains and Towns of the Lehigh Valley with modelmaker Ron Luckock.” Mr. Luckock will be speaking about his passion for modelmaking, his work as a volunteer for NMIH restoring original Bethlehem Steel models, and learn about our holiday train exhibit.

Finally, on December 18th, join us for “Railroads of the Lehigh Valley,” a special presentation by railroad author and historian Rudy Garbely on the railroads of the Lehigh Valley region at 1:00 PM, followed by a book signing at 2:00 PM. Garbely will also be bringing some special “show and tell” artifacts that help to tell the rich story of the Lehigh Valley’s railroading history.

For a full schedule of events and more information on the display visit or call the Museum at 610-694-6644.

About the National Museum of Industrial History

A Smithsonian Affiliate, the National Museum of Industrial History is dedicated to preserving America’s rich industrial heritage. Restoring a 40,000-square- foot, 100-year- old former Bethlehem Steel facility on the largest private brownfield in America, the Museum is home to exciting exhibits, engaging programs and amazing history. The Museum’s regular hours are Wednesdays through Sundays, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Ticket prices are $12 for adults; $11 for seniors, students, and veterans with valid identification; and $9 for children ages 7-17. Children 6 and under are free.  For more information on NMIH please visit or call 610-694- 6644.