Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains
On display Nov. 8, 2013 - Jan. 5, 2014
A beloved local holiday tradition, the Duke Energy Holiday Trains began in 1946 in partnership with the Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) Railroad. The portable model train display at Duke Energy's headquarters grew, as the railroad grew, through the 1940s, '50s and into the '60s.
In 2011, Duke Energy gifted the trains to Cincinnati Museum Center to ensure the trains and beautiful historic displays will stay in the Greater Cincinnati area for all of Duke Energy’s families, friends and customers to enjoy. The Duke Energy Train display's new permanent home is off of the Public Landing of the Cincinnati History Museum.
In addition to the Duke Energy Holiday Trains, Holiday Junction features:
- The Toys Through Time vintage toy exhibit and the beautiful train paintings of Grif Teller from the Pennsylvania Railroad Calendar series.
- A two-level, G-scale (22.5 times smaller than real life) set with three trains running through a theatrical winter wonderland scene.
- An interactive O-gauge (48 times smaller) set. This display is an exact reproduction of a Lionel dealer display layout from 1959.
- HO gauge (74 times smaller) and Z scale (220 times smaller) displays.
- A kids' train ride ($1 per ride; Member children receive a token for one free ride per visit).
- Santa Claus from Nov. 29 through Dec. 24 (break time is 1-2 p.m. daily).
- Pogie and Patter, the talking reindeer from the former Pogue's Department Store in Downtown Cincinnati. Show times are 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m., 1, 3 and 6 p.m. Saturday, and noon, 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday.
- Holiday Story Hour at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays through Dec. 24.
Want more trains? Catch a ride on Rocky Mountain Express in our OMNIMAX® Theater; see the free exhibit Along the Line: 1930s Railroad Photographs by John W. Barriger III in our Ruthven Gallery; and stop by Tower A, the original control tower for Union Terminal. Tower A will be open from noon-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays from Nov. 8, 2013 through Jan. 5, 2014.
Duke Energy Holiday Trains Quick Facts
- Since 1946, more than 9 million people have come to see the Duke Energy train display.
- The display is one of the largest portable models in the world, measuring 36 1/2 by 47 1/2 feet long.
- More than 300 miniature rail cars and 60 engines run along 1,000 feet of track.
- The trains are authentic "O" gauge in which a quarter inch on the model is equivalent to one foot on a real train; rail cars, tracks and buildings are 1/48th actual size.
- During the holiday season, the trains will travel more than 100,000 scale miles.
- While these trains may seem to travel slowly, they are traveling at actual scale speed. The basic three-track loop is 1/48th of a mile around, representing a full mile of real track. If a model train travels that loop in one minute, it is traveling at 60 miles per hour – not at all slow for a real train.
"In the halls of Union Terminal, there's a whole other world - a miniature one as vibrant and thriving as the city outside the rotunda walls. A yearly tradition, alive and well representing a bygone era." -Ronny Salerno, Queen City Discovery, Nov. 4, 2013
2012 Cincinnati.com video about the Duke Energy Holiday Trains: