Holiday trains start new tradition at Museum Center
It's a family tradition on a new track since its inception in 1946. The Duke Energy Holiday Train display is now hosted by the Cincinnati Museum Center.
Cincinnati's original train station, Union Terminal, is a fitting space for the display which still attracts families from across the Tri-state like Ray Phillips who enjoys spending quality time with his godson and reflecting on his own memories watching the trains as a kid.
"More trains which he loves and I think that's great too so I see a lot of family members coming down here, very positive attitude," says Phillips.
To get in for free you have to be a Duke Energy customer and use a voucher for four tickets found in your monthly energy bill.
If you are not a customer, the cost to get into the museum center is $12.50 for adults and $8.50 for children, an unexpected and unnecessary cost for some families who enjoyed seeing the once free exhibit downtown.
"It's probably going to be missed down here, just be one more thing Cincinnati is going to miss, one more thing downtown Cincinnati is going to miss," says Dan Smith.
During the holiday season the iconic trains travel a total of more than 100,000 scale miles. A journey watched and enjoyed by all ages but for some the display is missing a piece of the Queen City.
"We do like being downtown because we like to be down with all the decorations but it seems a little bit bigger, little more user friendly to move around so we're happy with that," says John Cioffi.
With more room and plenty of space to road, trains from the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad to Thomas the tank engine are creating first time traditions for the museum center.
"This is a permanent home, it's going to be set up all year long it doesn't have to be taken down and put away in boxes every year so it's really going to help protect all the different engines, the track, the display itself," says Jamie Smagac.