Wilmington Railroad Museum
We're on the summer schedule now, operating Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm and on Sunday 1-5 pm.
1st & 3rd Mondays
DESIGNED FOR YOUNG VISITORS. HEAR A STORY OR TWO, HAVE A LITTLE TREAT, GET "CREATIVE" IN THE CHILDREN'S HALL. ONLY $5 PER FAMILY, FREE FOR MEMBERS.
IT’S OFFICIAL – A NEW RECORD
IT'S OFFICIAL!! Model railroaders from the Museum broke the record for the world's longest model train at Wilmington's new Convention Center, as certified by Guinness World Records (TM)!!
A train consisting of 31 locomotives and 1563 cars was placed on 1000 feet of track in the Convention Center's main exhibit hall. At about 925.55 feet long, this train traveled continuously for 750 feet to surpass the record set by Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany in 2008. The World Record Run was witnessed and documented in order to be included among other achievements listed by Guinness World Records.
Our brick walk containing over 200 dedications to supporters of the Museum. Each is custom inscribed with donor's message and is part of the effort to improve the Museum's programs and services. The walk winds around the end of the cabooseand leads to the 1855 station bell, one of the oldest artifacts in the Museum's collection.
Three of the U.S. Army troops from Sunny Point Military Ocean Terminal that did major work installing the walk. Their enthusiasm for trains and support for the Museum help energize our mission to promote railroad history and heritage.
Stained Glass Locomotive
Thanks to the artistry of volunteer Mary Lou Bryden, the Museum now has a picture of Locomotive #250 rendered in stained glass. This beautiful piece hangs over the door to
Boy Scout Railroading Merit Badge
The Museum recently hosted a group of Boy Scouts working on Railroading Merit Badge. Here volunteer Roger Wilkie explains some of the fine points of life on the caboose.
With exciting changes in new quarters and great visitor reviews, we're putting out a call for volunteers to greet visitors, introduce them to the Museum, and help make sure that their visit is pleasant and memorable.
All help is welcome, with particular emphasis on the following areas:
· Greeting guests and issuing tickets.
· Gift shop operations.
· Opening and closing activities.
· Docents and guides.
· Children's activities and group parties.
· Developing new artifact displays.
Training and orientation is provided to acquaint volunteers with the history of the Museum, displays and layouts, operations and procedures, and programs. It's helpful, but not required, to have experience in retail, hospitality, education, libraries, railroads, or cultural activities.
For more information about opportunities in the exciting future of the Museum, contact the Wilmington Railroad Museum at (910) 763-2634.
On 2nd Tuesday evening each month at 7 PM the Wilmington Railroad Museum Model Railroad Committee meets for some after-hours maintenance and repairs primarily on the HO layout. Wednesday evenings the O-scale group geets together to work on details of the Lionel lines and accessories. Also, a couple of days each week finds modelers refining modules, portable sections of a layout that can be transported to shows or joined with many others who build to the same specifications. All are welcome to join this committee which meets as a group on the first Monday of the month at noon. Our duties include:
· Constructing and maintaining the three operating layouts
· Adding detail and refinements to each layout
· Planning for the annual Model Railroad Show
· Conducting how-to classes in model railroading