photo submitted by Leona Matte Jim Bennett of the Oceanside Model Railroaders shows off their display to some curious onlookers.

Parksville on track for more railway fun

Interactive models and displays highlight Railway Days at the Parksville Museum

Who knew so many people liked trains?

Hot off the heels of a successful debut last summer, Railway Days is back at the Parksville Museum this weekend.

Combining the forces of the Parksville and District Historical Society with a cross-section of local and regional railway lovers, the event is pledging interactive and educational fun for the whole family.

“If you delight in model trains, railways and E&N history, this fun family event is just for you,” said Parksville & District Historical Society director Leona Matte. “Come on down to the museum grounds for the second-annual Railway Days and view the numerous delightful model railway set-ups.’

Matte is promising more displays than last year, including the Vancouver Island Garden Railway Club, multiple displays from The Oceanside Model Railroaders, interactive electronic displays from the boys at MakerSpace, and the E & N Division of the Canadian Railway Historical Association in conjunction with the Museum’s historical E & N display.

“Railroad music, speeder cars, and food compliment this event that celebrates trains and railways, an important part of our past and an opportunity for the future,” Matte said. “Last year we did two days and it was a resounding success with over 600 people coming out.”

The event runs Saturday, Aug. 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Parksville Museum, 1245 E. Island Hwy, next to the Visitor’s Centre. Call 250-248-6966 or 250-951-1290 for information.

— NEWS staff, submitted

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