2017-12-07 / Living

Train show returns to Historical Society for Candlewalk

By Sam Tunningley
810-452-2661 • stunningley@mihomepaper.com

FLUSHING – The Flushing Area Historical Society is bringing back its free Lionel Trains Show during the Candlewalk Festival this Thursday and Friday along with an expansive new doll exhibit to close out the year.

The Lionel Trains Show is one of the museum’s biggest attractions, usually drawing between 200 and 350 people per night. FAHS Treasurer Don Wilson said the exhibit has an interactive component to it: children can operate the trains through circuits.

The museum owns seven trains, which are periodically switched out across three tracks. Wilson said, since the show’s beginning in 2001, the platform size has increased from a 4-by-8 to its current 8-by-16, which is the largest possible size for the museum’s space.

Along with the trains, guests can observe a large collection of antique dolls donated by a woman from Okemus. Wilson said the exhibit contains around 75 dolls.

Weather permitting, shuttles will be available from 6-9:30 p.m. to bus guests from downtown to The Depot, located at 431 W. Main St.

The Flushing Area Historical Society meetings start up again in January on the third Monday of each month. Its first meeting is scheduled to be a show-andtell.

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