Duke Energy holiday train display opens this weekend at new home

Holiday train display (Source: Duke Energy)
Holiday train display (Source: Duke Energy)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Duke Energy holiday trains will be on display beginning this weekend at a new location.

After several seasons in downtown Cincinnati, the popular train display will now be located at the Cincinnati Museum Center, joining the Museum Center's annual Holiday Junction exhibit.

"It is a wonderful partnership that gives our historic trains a permanent home at Cincinnati Museum Center," said Johnna Reeder, vice president of Community Relations for Duke Energy. "We know this will be a great place for people of all ages to see them for many holiday seasons to come."

Visitors will experience a collection of model trains, including the timeless Duke Trains, zipping around a winter wonderland.

The Duke Energy Holiday Trains have been on display since 1946 and are one of the largest portable models in the world, measuring 36.5 by 47.5 feet long. The trains are authentic "O" gauge, meaning that a quarter inch on the model is equivalent to one foot on a real train. The rail cars, tracks and buildings are 1/48 actual size. During the holiday season, the trains will travel more than 100,000 scale miles.

While grownups and kids enjoy the model trains together, children can escape to their own holiday wonderland as they ride through a magnificent winter scene on a special kid-size train. Tickets to climb aboard are $1 per child, per ride. CMC Members receive one free ride per visit for each Member child listed on the Membership.

Through the partnership with CMC, all Ohio and Kentucky Duke Energy customers were sent an insert in their October bill statements good for four free admissions (two adults max) to visit the Cincinnati Museum Center Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains from Saturday, Nov. 5 – Saturday, Dec. 24.

Paperless billing customers were sent a special email to redeem for a confirmation code.

Visitors will have to present the bill insert or confirmation code to the box office at the time of arrival. Additional tickets can be purchased online at www.cincymuseum.org, through the CMC ticket office, or by phone at (513) 287-7001.

Duke Energy contracted with METRO to provide a "Holiday Train Express" bus every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Nov. 5 – Dec. 24 to provide free roundtrip rides every 20 minutes between CMC and Fountain Square.

"Our goal was to tie together the holiday functions and activities in the center city with the Museum Center featuring our trains," Reeder said. "Visitors can travel between events and locations without  ever having to move their car."

"We are privileged to welcome the Duke Energy Holiday Trains to Cincinnati Museum Center and Union Terminal," said Douglass W. McDonald, president and CEO of Cincinnati Museum Center. "This display is a vital part of Cincinnati's history and one that delights families across the generations."

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