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Congratulations to last week's winner Vince L! The raffle has been reset and we're ready to give away another family admission for this week. Check out the link to enter 

If you want to help your chances of winning, after entering, you can get an extra entry by sharing the contest with your friends.

http://wpmrm.org/?page_id=1155

#whattodo412   #pittsburgh   #trainshow  
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If you visited during our holiday show, then you know about project 2020. We are trying to raise money to put an addition onto our museum. This will house an expanded library, visible model shop and expanded interactive area. We will also expand our main display in the McKeesport area and extended west past Pittsburgh.

In order to help fund this ambitious project, we have joined the Amazon Smile program. By simply shopping at smile.amazon.com .5% of eligible purchases will be donated to our museum which will go directly to support Project 2020. This is done at no cost to you and is just the same as shopping at amazon.com.
Additionally, for today due to Amazon being Ranked as the #1 rated retailer for quality and value, they are increasing the donation level from .5% to 5%.
You can set the Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad Museum as your Non-profit organization of choice by using the following link:
smile.amazon.com/ch/25-1503628

Please share and plus this to help us spread the word about supporting the museum through Amazon Smile.
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How do we relax after a long holiday show? Run trains of course! During the holiday season, the computer does all the work keeping the trains moving (mostly in a loop) and some simple scheduling of passenger trains going for station stops, etc. When we run our layout for fun, we use a hand throttle that is assigned to a train and the engineer walks the layout with their locomotive following signals (both on the display and on the throttle and display). The dispatcher will give out specific instructions to move their cars to various places to be loaded or emptied. Trains with lower priority (freight, coal and empties) will be moved into sidings so higher priority can pass (passengers and food).
We'll hold operating sessions a couple times a month when we can.
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Thanks to Discover the burgh for coming out to our museum.

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Dave Crawley's visit yesterday made the 6:00 news. If you missed it, you can see it here.

If you like what you saw, you can visit us tonight 6PM-9PM or Saturday and Sunday 11AM-5PM.

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It maybe light up night 2016 downtown tonight, but for us it's the first Steam at Twilight for 2016. We will turn the lights down and the clock back to 1949 before diesel locomotives started to gain popularity and when Steam ruled the rails.

We will be open Friday nights from 6PM to 9PM for Steam at Twilight. If you can't make it tonight, we'll be open tomorrow from 11AM to 5PM Saturday and Sunday.

#LUN2016
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Thankfully wasn't our railroad....

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It's hard to believe, but our 29th Annual Holiday Train Show will open in just 10 days! Keep an eye on our facebook page for a chance to win a family admission (2 adults and 2 children) to the show!
The complete listing of our hours can be found at show.wpmrm.org!

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For Halloween I wanted to share a pretty cool ghost story about the train station from near by Mars, PA.

At the turn of the 20th Century, when the station was still fairly new, a small cat lingered in the rooms where its owner worked. It was somewhat of a mascot for the station over the next couple of years. One day, it mysteriously disappeared...

When the station was moved in August of 2000, workers found a preserved body of a dead cat in the foundation. After the station was moved, members of the Mars Historical Society began experiencing strange happenings in the old structure. Cat sounds can be heard. What is even more disturbing is that during the restoration work, members discovered paw prints of a cat in the sawdust of a newly cut board. Some members have even reported seeing a small cat wondering around in the rooms. The members have nicknamed the ghost cat, "Chessie", after the now retired Chessie System. It is said that Chessie's spirit emerges out of the ground where the station used to be. It runs across the CSX tracks and enters the station where it now sits. Many believe that Chessie searches unsuccessfully for it’s lovable master who is now long gone. 
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Couldn't help but notice this at the +Pittsburgh Riverhounds​ game last night... Might need get one of these for the holiday show....

#pghsoccer
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