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Train Displays featured at ELHS Museum

By Staff | Nov 30, 2010

Charles Hughes of the East Lycoming Historical Society explains the importance of the Williamsport & North Branch (W&NB) railroad which once traversed through Hughesville. Hughes built the replica which is a highlight when students from the Hughesville High School Local History class make an annual trek to the museum. Docents at other stations included Ann Bulkley, the Townsend connection; William Foresman, military display and Carol Shetler with one-room schools.

The Polar Express plus Williamsport & North Branch railroad will be featured in displays at the East Lycoming Historical Society, starting Thursday, Dec. 2 through Saturday, Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at 66 South Main Street, Hughesville.

Conductor Rob Mueller will call “All Aboard” for the imaginary trip one Christmas Eve to its North Pole destination. Along for the ride, hobo Cindy declares “Seeing is Believing” after learning Santa Dust illuminates the Northern Lights. The Mueller’s created oodles of landscapes and characters which replicate the sights and sounds of the Polar Express of movie fame.

While at the museum, visitors may also view a diorama of the W&NB railroad station and yard as it appeared in Hughesville until the late 1930’s. Charles Hughes enhances his miniature works with historical knowledge of the site which occupied the current fireman’s lot on Railroad Street.

Photos, books and other memorabilia will enhance the train theme. Admission is free for the young and young at heart to browse the entire museum including its gift shop.

Hours: Thurs 12/2 & Sun 12/5, 1-4; Fri 12/3, 1-4 & 6-8, Sat 12/5 10-4.