It's not Christmas without a visit to a model train display
We all know about the large model train display at the Carnegie Science Center. But there are several other displays chugging away during the holiday season.
All aboard for Christmas cheer via these special model train displays:
Bull Creek Presbyterian Church: The display is open Fridays through Sundays, Dec. 8-17, and also Dec. 28 through 30. Hours are 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the church at 224 Tarentum-Culmerville Road, Tarentum, Thursdays and Fridays, 2-8 p.m. Saturdays and 2-4 p.m. Sundays. For private group viewings, call 724-272-3401 or 724-448-8444. Admission is $3, or $1 for children. Food also will be collected for the Allegheny Valley Association of Churches food bank. Details: 724-265-1558
St. Emma Monastery: A trains and nativities display is open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Hempfield monastery at 1001 Harvey Ave. A “Bethlehem Express” model train will circle a display of nativity scenes from around the world. Admission is free. Children under 15 will receive a free ticket for a raffle of a model train valued at $350. Tickets also are available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays in the monastery gift and bookstore Details: 724-610-7595
Youngwood Historical and Railroad Museum: The annual Christmas train display is from noon-4 p.m. Dec. 9 and 16 at the museum at 1 Depot St. The display features two O-gauge trains, 4 HO-gauge trains and a trolley car. Children can drop off letters to Santa during the special holiday event, and the museum also will provide treat bags for small children. Admission is $5, $4 for senior citizens, $3 for students and free to children 5 and younger. Details: 724-925-7355
McKeesport Model Railroad Club: Dec. 8-10, 15-17, 29-31 and Jan. 5-7. 2209 Walnut St., McKeesport. $5, $3 ages 5-17, free for under 5. Details: mckeesportmodelrr.com
Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum's holiday train show: Through Jan. 14. $8, $4 for children. 5507 Lakeside Drive, Gibsonia. Details: 724-444-6944 or wpmrm.org
Mid-Mon Valley Model Railroad Club holiday open house: Noon-5 p.m. Saturday-Sundays through Jan. 7. Closed Christmas Eve and New Year's weekend. $1 donation suggested. 159 Main St., New Eagle (second floor, non-handicap accessible). Details: mmvmrrc.org
Penn Hills #4 Volunteer Fire Department Holiday Train Display: 6-9 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 1-5 and 6-9 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at 1002 Center Ave. Admission is $2; proceeds are used for the display and to buy equipment for the station
Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review reporter. Contact her at email@example.com or 724-836-5750.