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All Aboard! Model Train Exhibit opens at Tellus
by Monica Burge
July 08, 2014 10:20 AM | 3681 views | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tellus' David Dundee discusses the museum's newest exhibit, which features a model train collection.
Tellus' David Dundee discusses the museum's newest exhibit, which features a model train collection.
Tellus Science Museum astronomer David Dundee said he has a passion for locomotives.

While his day job involves stargazing and constellations, his hobby is model trains.

Dundee said the hobby began when his son was born some 27 years ago.

To help the baby fall asleep every night, Dundee and his wife would take turns strapping their son into his car seat and taking him for a drive until he drifted off.

During the times his wife drove, Dundee said he began building a model train collection.

“It just kept growing and growing,” Dundee said. “It’s wonderful. You get lost in your own world. It’s a great constructive way to use your skills.”

Dundee shares the hobby with many enthusiasts across the country.

While statistics regarding the industry are hard to come by, the number of website, books, businesses and resources dedicated to model trains is testament to its popularity as a hobby.

Tellus presents the All Aboard! Model Train Exhibit, which features model trains rolling over 115 feet of railroad track past scenes of an imaginary seaside village.

Dundee said the collection comes from a former Mercer University law professor and the scale model train exhibit was created by members of the Central Georgia Model Railroad Club for display at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. It has toured Georgia for many years, previously visiting Tellus in 2009.

“The fun is in looking at all the details,” Dundee said. “The fact that the train layout still lives on is a tribute to his legacy. We’re very proud to have it. We’re looking forward to having a lot of children come through the museum to see it.”

The special exhibit opens Saturday and runs through March 29.

The museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors ages 65 and up and $10 for children ages 3 to 17 and students with ID.

Dundee said the exhibit is an opportunity to learn the basics of model railroading, how to build railroad scenes and discover popular model scales common to the hobby.

There also will be a scavenger hunt where children will encouraged to find different objects among the intricate pieces of the exhibit, which includes shops, churches, flora and fauna, all in painstaking detail.

Having the exhibit at Tellus is only fitting, he said.

“It’s art and technology,” Dundee said.

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