Ninth Annual Trains, Trains, Trains!
The Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History hosted their eighth annual installment of its flagship Trains, Trains, Trains! event on Saturday, January 26 and Sunday, January 27, 2018. This must-see event for families in the area was held from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm both days.
Bigger and better than ever, the Museum pulled out all the stops for two incredible, fun-filled days of family-oriented activities. “Model trains are a wonderful way to bring families together,” remarks Dr. Richard Banz, executive director of the Southern Museum, “Each year we see many repeat families, many of whom stay and enjoy the event for the greater part of the day.”
Our 2018 Trains, Trains, Trains! featured several new and expanded train layouts model railroad layouts of different scales and gauges from regional groups including
- Athens Bend Track RailRoad Club
- Chattanooga Modular Modelers
- DixieLUG Lego® User Group
- Georgia Garden Railroad Society
- Middle Georgia Model Railroad Club
- North Atlanta O-Gauge Railroad Club
- North Georgia Tinplate Trackers
- Eastern Carolina Railroaders
With over 25,000 square feet of intricate and elaborate train layouts for train enthusiasts, exhibits, and interactive activities, it was an extraordinary event the whole family could enjoy while making memories that last a lifetime.
Our Museum Gift Shop more than doubled in size for this event with new train items, lots of children’s books, and exquisite, new-to-the-museum gifts, toys, and collectibles, that was perfect for the train enthusiasts, kids, and fans of history!
Trains, Trains, Trains! 2018 brought back some of last year’s favorite bluegrass musicians
The Bluegrass Bands for Trains, Trains, Trains! 2018
- High Point Quartet - Shaun Drey & company
- PATHFINDERS ~ MIKE AMSBAUGH & company
- JEFF MACLEOD
- Clear Creek ~ Jim Culliton
- MARS HILL PORCH PICKERS~ Dickson Lester
- "Better Late Than Never"~Jim Haga
- South Square Pickers
- Tucker Station
- Smoke Rise
Pre-sale tickets are available online at Southern Museum Tickets. Regular admission tickets purchased at the event are $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors (60+), $5.50 for children (4-12), and FREE for children 3 and under. This event is FREE for Museum members.
Shuttle will run continuously from 9:30 am to 5:00pm Saturday and Sunday. Shuttle picks up at Adams park 2600 Park Dr, Kennesaw, GA 30144
View Parking Map or download a PDF of our 2018 Parking Map for Visitors
For more information, call 770-427-2117 ext. 3058.
GRAND PRIZE Giveaway Drawing
Courtesy of Lionel Collectors Club of America
Anyone who purchases pre-sale tickets on our website before the event AND any Museum members who attend Trains, Trains, Trains! will be entered to win a Lionel Peanuts O-gauge electric train set! Get your pre-sale tickets now to be entered to win! The winner will be drawn Tuesday, January 30th.
Ride The Shuttle and Win a Train Set!
Courtesy of Museum Gift Shop
Ride the shuttle from Adam's Park and you will be entered into a drawing for a Bigjigs rail figure eight 40-piece train set. Shuttle will run continuously from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday. Shuttle picks up at Adams park 2600 Park Dr, Kennesaw, GA 30144. Parking Map
Frequently Asked Questions
|Can I purchase tickets in advance for the event?
Yes! Tickets can be purchased online on our website before the event. Pre-sale tickets will be available through Friday, January 26.
|Are tickets good for Saturday or Sunday?
Pre-sale tickets are valid for one day only, either Saturday or Sunday.
|Where do I check in?
If you purchase pre-sale tickets online, please check in at the "Will Call” table set up in the lobby.
|Can I purchase tickets for someone else?
Yes! You can purchase pre-sale tickets for someone else and they will need a print-out of your receipt to check in.
|Are pre-sale tickets refundable?
Pre-sale tickets are not refundable, but unused tickets may be redeemed for Museum admission at a later date.
|Parking & Logistics:|
|Parking & Shuttle Buses
There is some parking available around the Museum, but we are offering shuttle transportation from the Adams Park parking lot to the Museum. Adams Park is located at 2600 Park Drive in Kennesaw. The shuttle will run every 30 minutes on Saturday & Sunday, between 9:30 am and 5 pm. Feel free to bring collapsible strollers on the shuttle bus! There is some parking available immediately around the Museum - refer to the Parking Map for more information.
|Can I bring a stroller to the event?
Strollers are allowed but it may be a challenge to navigate them inside the museum.
|What happens if it rains?
The event will take place rain or shine. All train layouts will be indoors.
|Will there be food available to buy?
Our sponsor The Nest BBQ Kennesaw will have coffee and hot chocolate available for purchase in the Museum that benefits MUST Ministries. If you would rather eat lunch or dinner, in comfort, their restaurant is located within walking distance of the Museum at 2921 Cherokee Street.
|What is the best time to come to avoid the crowds?
Anytime is a great time to attend! Train layouts and activities are spread throughout the Museum’s 50,000 square feet, so there is plenty of room for all attendees.
|Model Trains & Activities:|
|How many model train layouts will there be?
We will have 10 operating model train layouts set up for the event, with several that your children can operate.
|What scales/gauges will the model train layouts be?
We will have a variety of layout sizes set up, from N-scale to O-gauge to Garden and more, including an operating LEGO model train.
|Will there be anything else to do?
Yes! There will be other activities at the event, including a LEGO Play & Build area, a take-home craft for kids, and tables where you can explore historic train and railroad objects.
|Can members attend the event for free?
Yes! Special events are always free for museum members.
|Can members bring guests?
Absolutely, but guests will need to purchase a ticket separately. We encourage guests of Members to purchase pre-sale tickets to avoid waiting in the ticketing lines.
Of course! Staff will also be on hand to answer any questions you have about our membership program.