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It's not Christmas without a visit to a model train display

Shirley McMarlin
| Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, 12:21 p.m.
Volunteer Frank Golden of Greensburg operates the 2014 Christmas train display at the Youngwood Historical & Railroad Museum on Depot Street4. This year's holiday-themed model railroad display will be open to the public on  Dec. 9 and 16.
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Volunteer Frank Golden of Greensburg operates the 2014 Christmas train display at the Youngwood Historical & Railroad Museum on Depot Street4. This year's holiday-themed model railroad display will be open to the public on Dec. 9 and 16.
All aboard the Bethlehem Express at St. Emma's Monastery in Greensburg.
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All aboard the Bethlehem Express at St. Emma's Monastery in Greensburg.
Replica fire trucks and emergency vehicles were just part of the 2016 Holiday Train Display at Penn Hills No. 4 Volunteer Fire Department on Center Avenue.
Lillian DeDomenic | For the Tribune-Review
Replica fire trucks and emergency vehicles were just part of the 2016 Holiday Train Display at Penn Hills No. 4 Volunteer Fire Department on Center Avenue.
Bull Creek Presbyterian Church Holiday Train Display 2017.
Louis Raggiunti | For the Tribune-Review
Bull Creek Presbyterian Church Holiday Train Display 2017.

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 smcmarlin@tribweb.com or 724-836-5750.

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