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Chug....Chug! Toot....Toot! Holiday Train A-Track-Tion at USGS
Released: 11/30/1998

Contact Information:
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
Carolyn DiDonato 1-click interview
Phone: 703-648-4463 | FAX: 703-648-4466




It’s the holiday season! Imagine a huge room filled with model trains chugging through to-scale towns, tunnels, and trestles. This picture can become a reality if you visit the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, Virginia, during its holiday TRAIN A-TRACK-TION, back by popular demand. Bring your family and friends to attend this one-of-a-kind event that is guaranteed to put a sparkle in everyone’s eyes.

Location: U.S. Geological Survey; 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive; Reston, Virginia. Parking and admission are free. Call (703) 648-5000 for more information.

Photos: View the Holiday Train Show online.

Calendar of Events:

Trains in Motion - December 21-23, 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
December 24, 9:30 am to 12:00 noon

Community Night - December 22, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

School Day Tours - December 21-22, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm (Call 703-648-4748 to schedule)

Showcase of Activities:

* See model trains in motion (e.g., Lionel, American Flyer, HO, and LGB trains)
* Meet USGS scientists and explore science displays about animals, minerals, water, and maps
* View train videos in the USGS Visitors Center
* See an active volcano model
* Experience an engineer’s view from a model train
* Shop for unique holiday gifts at the USGS Earth Science Information Center

Unusual gifts! Stocking stuffers! For the convenience of holiday shoppers, the USGS Earth Science Information center is open each weekday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., and during Community Night on December 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Pick up free general interest publications and teaching materials, purchase topographic maps, or a geologic map of your neighborhood. Call 1-800-ASK-USGS for product information, or visit our homepage at http://www.usgs.gov and click on product information.


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