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All Aboard! It’s Holiday Train Time at USGS
Released: 11/27/2000

Contact Information:
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communication
119 National Center
Reston, VA 20192
Karen Wood 1-click interview
Phone: 703-648-4447 | FAX: 703-648-4466

Susan Wells
Phone: 703-648-7452

Note to Editors: Digital images of the USGS Holiday Train Show can be downloaded at http://www.usgs.gov/trains/media-images.html

The U.S. Geological Survey’s 12th Annual Holiday Train Show is a treat you won’t want to miss! Once again the public is invited to join the fun of watching model trains zip past miniature towns, tiny farms and even an active volcano. Come to the USGS in Reston, Va. to see this one-of-a-kind event that will become a holiday favorite.


  • December 18-21, Monday - Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • December 19, Tuesday, is "Community Night." Trains will run until 9:00 p.m
  • Friday, December 22, 9:30 to 3:00 p.m.


  • U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Va.
  • Parking and admission are free.
  • For more information call (703) 648-5000 or visit the USGS web at http://www.usgs.gov/trains/


  • See Lionel, American Flyer, G and HO scale trains
  • Shop for unique holiday gifts at the USGS Earth Science Information Center
  • Visit the Nation’s largest earth science library
  • Learn about USGS science at the special hands-on computer exhibits during Community Night, Dec. 19.

Looking for an unusual gift? Print your own customized map with the new automated map-on-demand kiosk at the USGS Earth Science Information Center in Reston, VA. The ESIC is open each weekday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and on December 19, 2000, until 8:30 p.m. Here’s where you’ll find free general interest publications and teaching materials; and where you can purchase topographic maps, satellite image maps or a geologic map of your neighborhood. Call 1-888-ASK-USGS for product information, or visit http://ask.usgs.gov/ .

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