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Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains

Now closed

Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains is now closed for the season. Come back and see it in November 2014!

 

A beloved Cincinnati tradition, the Duke Energy Holiday Trains began in 1946 in partnership with the Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) Railroad. The portable model train display at the headquarters of Duke Energy (formerly Cincinnati Gas & Electric) grew, along with the railroad itself, 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 located off of the Public Landing of the Cincinnati History Museum and is open to the public from early November through early January every year.

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.

Duke Energy Holiday Trains Scavenger Hunt

Click the image below to download and print a scavenger hunt to take to the Duke Energy Holiday Train display!

 

 

Photos by Mike L. Howard

 

Location, Dates & Hours

Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains is open from Nov. 8, 2013 through Jan. 5, 2014 off of the Public Landing of the Cincinnati History Museum. Hours:

  • Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Sunday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Special hours:

  • Nov. 28 (Thanksgiving): Closed
  • Nov. 29: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Dec. 24: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Dec. 25 (Christmas): Closed
  • Dec. 26-27: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Dec. 28: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Dec. 29: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Dec. 30-Jan. 1: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Admission

  • The last day for free exhibit entry with your Duke Energy confirmation code is Tuesday, Dec. 24.
  • The exhibit is also open to the public from Dec. 26 through Jan. 5, but only Museum Center Members can enter for free.
  • Admission to all three of our museums is $12.50 for adults and $8.50 for children. Entry to the Cincinnati History Museum only is $8.50 for adults and $6.50 for children and includes free entry to Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains. Click here to buy tickets.

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Click here to download an 11-by-8-inch illustration of trains at Union Terminal to color! (Print in landscape mode.)