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Schenectady Museum's model train display is a crowd pleaser

"All Aboard! The Power of Locomotives" has fans, too. Hunter said at least two people have made train-related donations to the museum after seeing the exhibit.

Highlights, Hunter said, include models created by the American Locomotive Company (ALCO), model trains that are nearly 100 years old and photographs from the museum's GE and ALCO collections.

"There are a lot of pictures and video footage," said Hunter, adding that in the early days of General Electric, a lot of work was done on electric locomotives in Schenectady.

Like many exhibits at the museum, this one appeals to older folks who might remember some of the things on display, as well as kinds who are fascinated with how the times have changed. There's an original steam locomotive bell that kids are invited to ring, Hunter said.

"We've had a lot of good feedback from people," he said.

The school break schedule for train activities is as follows, with all events being held from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.:

Monday, Dec. 28: Train Whistles and the Doppler Effect
Tuesday, Dec. 29: Maglev (Magnetic Levitation) Trains and Electromagnets; Liquid Nitrogen Engine Demonstrations
Wednesday, Dec. 30: Friction, Mass and Velocity
Thursday, Dec. 31: Sound on the Rails / Make a Hanger Clanger

Then, in January, the museum will offer the train-related Little Wonders of Science program for preschoolers on Thursday and Saturday, Jan. 14 and 16, at 10:30 a.m. Patrick said the program will focus on the book, "Puff Puff, Chugga Chugga." For the first time, the museum will be able to offer free copies of the book to people who sign up in advance for the program.

The program, Patrick said, is not only fun for preschoolers but educational.

"It gets them thinking about reading as well as science," she said.

The model trains run from noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 26 and 27 and Jan. 2 and 3, 9 and 10, 16 to 17; Monday to Thursday, Dec. 28 and 31, and Monday, Jan. 18. They will also on January's Art Night Schenectady, Friday, Jan. 15, from 5 to 7 p.m.

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