Trains are as American as apple pie or Texas BBQ. Railroads played a significant role in the development and industrialization of the United States and were instrumental in linking the east and west coasts. To celebrate America’s rich railway history, the Galveston County Model Railroad Club is once again hosting the Texas Model Train Festival right in Houston’s backyard at the Texas City Museum.

The 18th Annual Model Train Festival promises fun for all ages, offering both hardcore train enthusiasts and casual railroad fans plenty of opportunities to celebrate all things trains. In addition to the Galveston County Model Railroad Club, five other visiting model railroad clubs will be in town to share their love of trains with the Houston area.

The festival will feature an impressive display of 12 model railroads at six different scales. In addition, there will be an interactive children’s layout, a LEGO model railroad layout, an Operation Lifesaver exhibit, Thomas the Tank Engine video screenings for the little ones, and a Train Cellar model trains vendor station.

The 2018 Model Train Festival will be spread across two buildings in the Texas City Museum and the Showboat across the street on the 400 block of 6th Street North in Texas City. Wristbands for the festival can be purchased at either venue, but note that wristbands at the Showboat can only be purchased with cash.

And here’s a great bonus: the Model Train Festival is held in conjunction with Texas City’s Touch-A-Truck event, a free event located on 6th Street which allows children to experience and most importantly touch a large variety of vehicles from monster trucks to dump trucks, cranes to military vehicles, and more.

The Texas City Model Train Festival will be held Saturday, October 27th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It’s just $2 for kids and $5 for adults to attend, making it one of the best cheap things to do in Houston this weekend. Wristband sales stop at 3:30 p.m.

Don’t miss this great combination of events sure to put a smile on your little ones’ faces – and your own.

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