The Great Pumpkin Train October, 15 2011
National Railroad Museum
2285 S. Broadway
Green Bay, WI 54304
The Great Pumpkin Train departs October 15 & 22, 2011!
The National Railroad Museum’s annual fall event offers Halloween fun for the entire family, and more this year.
As sure as the leaves will be changing colors this autumn, The Great Pumpkin Train will be leaving the depot at The National Railroad Museum (www.nationalrrmuseum.org) on October 15th and 22nd to transport families on their quest for a perfect pumpkin.
Each admission to the Great Pumpkin Train includes more than just a variety of entertainment, crafts and games for children of all ages -- and a chance to ride the train to the pumpkin patch. The largest steam locomotives ever built, the Museum’s Union Pacific #4017 - Big Boy - will turn 70 this October. To mark the occasion, the Great Big, Big Boy, Birthday Bash will be celebrated on October 15th and October 22nd during the Great Pumpkin Train activities. Additional activities will include a birthday cake and a special train pin giveaway. Instead of gifts, the Big Boy asks that all attending his party bring a nonperishable good that the National Railroad Museum will bring to a local food bank.
Television station WFRV (Channel 5) is event sponsor. Other event activities that can be enjoyed throughout both event days: a scarecrow scavenger hunt, a craft station where you can make your own Halloween mask, pumpkin bowling and all of the Museum’s regular exhibits. There will also be an entertainment stage that will feature a variety of musicians and magicians. This year’s entertainment includes: The comedy and magic of Jeff McMullen – two shows both days: Saturday – 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. and Sunday – 12:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. The kids’ rock ‘n roll of Mr. Billy – two shows both days – Saturday – 12:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. and Sunday – 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. There will also be a spectacular coloring contest presented by 7-Up products. Youngsters are encouraged to color a Halloween picture while they visit during the Great Pumpkin Train. Winners will be selected hourly to receive 7-Up products. All coloring contest entries will also compete in an artistic judging for a year’s supply of 7-Up products.
Tickets for The Great Pumpkin Train are $12 for adults, $10 for adult members; $8 for children ages 2 to 12; and children under age two admitted for free. Advance reservations are not necessary. Tickets can be purchased at the main gate during the event. Proceeds from this event will go to support the Museum’s programs and operations. The National Railroad Museum, located at 2285 S. Broadway, Green Bay, will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both event days.
Founded in 1956, the Museum works to foster an understanding of railroading and its significance to American life. Visiting the National Railroad Museum offers you an opportunity to explore our railroad heritage. Sit in the cab of the Union Pacific Big Boy, the world’s largest steam locomotive. View Gen. Eisenhower’s World War II command train. Examine the future of railroading in the sleek 1955 General Motors Aerotrain. The Museum is one of the oldest and largest institutions of its kind in the U.S.