Way Back When ... 2006
The very first Holiday Express Train Show at the Fairfield Museum took place in 2006. It was the brainchild of Fairfield Museum Executive Director Mike Jehle and then Board member Pinky Anderson.
Back in 2006, the two of them thought it would be a nice way to get people to stop by the former Fairfield Historical Society located on Old Post Road during the holidays. With the success of “The Polar Express” movie just a few years before, in 2004, the popularity of trains and train sets was on the rise. Jehle and Anderson worked with the members of the Housatonic Model Railway Club to install the first train show in December of 2006. It was an instant success.
When the museum moved to its new building at 370 Beach Road in 2008, the Holiday Express Train Show moved too. The space offered by the Museum’s expansive lobby and the new Jacky Durrell Meeting Hall provided the opportunity to add great lengths of tracks and expanded holiday scenes to the festive show. The first Opening Night was a massive success, with people enjoying the trains on the same night as the Fairfield Tree Lighting. It has now become an annual tradition that draws thousands of visitors to the area.
Now in its 13th year, the show has expanded even more, with new setups, additional tracks and more scenery. The Housatonic Model Railroad Club is still involved, and so are the Central Connecticut G-Gaugers, the Connecticut G-Scalers club and HobbyTown USA. With the generous support of sponsors Maplewood of Southport, Roland & Co., Hatfield Insurance Co., and People’s United Bank, the Holiday Express Train Show is rolling into town again this year.
It opens Nov. 30, from 5 to 8 p.m. with refreshments and activities, and will remain on display all month long.
“For over a decade, the Holiday Express Train Show has been a cherished community event,” Jehle said. “The Fairfield Museum is tremendously grateful to our sponsors and our train club partners, who every year create a magical display enjoy by kids of all ages.”
The year the very first Holiday Express Train Show at the Fairfield Museum took place.
About the Fairfield Museum & History Center
The Fairfield Museum & History Center and Museum Shop, located at 370 Beach Road, is open seven days a week, 10am-4pm. Members of the Museum and children under 5 are admitted free. For more information, call 203-259-1598 or visit Fairfieldhistory.org. The Fairfield Museum relies on funding from individuals, corporations, and foundations.