Open Nov. 6, 2015 - Jan. 3, 2016 | #HolidayTrains
Holiday Junction is back and it’s going to be one of the best years yet! With more lights, new trains and lots of family-friendly activities, you’ll have plenty of reasons to be a part of the magic all season long.
Duke Energy customers can get FREE vouchers to see Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains from Nov. 6 through Dec. 24, 2015! Claim yours at www.holidaytraindisplay.com. Watch this video for more details.
About the Duke Energy Holiday Trains
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.
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.
More to Explore in Holiday Junction
In addition to the Duke Energy Holiday Trains, Holiday Junction also features:
- Santa Claus. Visit him during Holiday Junction hours from Friday, Nov. 27 through Thursday, Dec. 24. His break time is from 1-2 p.m. daily.
- Pogie and Patter, the talking reindeer from the former Pogue's Department Store in Downtown Cincinnati. Catch them in their stable Monday through Friday as they sing songs and tell jokes, and Saturday and Sunday as they read stories.
- Photographers who will be setting up special photoshoots with unique backgrounds every weekend leading up to Thanksgiving.
- A kids' train ride ($1 per child, per ride; Member children receive a token for one free ride per visit).
- An expanded, raised platform surrounding the Duke Energy Holiday Trains so kids and photographers alike can get an even better view of the display.
- A 1/3-scale locomotive engine, built by Santa himself!
- A two-level, G-scale set (22.5 times smaller than real life) with three trains running through a theatrical winter wonderland scene.
- An interactive O-gauge set (48 times smaller). 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.
- Vintage toys on display throughout the exhibit, including a first-edition Monopoly set and historic Goldsmith dolls.
- Historic paintings from the Pennsylvania Railroad Calendar Series by Grif Teller and Frank Reilly, on loan from the American Financial Group.
- A slideshow of historic Union Terminal images.
- A newly expanded gift shop with trains and other toys.