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The Danbury Railway Museum will once again host the Steel & Wheels car show, this year to benefit Ann’s Place in Danbury, on Saturday, June 8.
The car show is expected to attract many classic and unusual cars, with the first 100 entries receiving goodie bags and dash plaques. A People’s Choice trophy is among a number of special awards to be presented. Show cars are welcome; owners should show up at the gate, where car show personnel will collect a $10 fee.
There will be live music and a DJ, food, ice cream, as well as a used model train and book sale and yard tours. Visitors are encouraged to participate in special raffles to benefit Ann’s Place, which provides comfort, support, and resources to people living with cancer and their loved ones.
The museum’s Rail Yard Local will be operating — a short trip on a vintage train pulled by a 72 year old locomotive — with locomotive cab rides also available. Train riders will have an opportunity to see the historic turntable — on the National Register of Historic Places and undergoing a major restoration — and a tour of the steam-era water tower pump house.
In the historic Danbury museum building, visitors can explore railroad history exhibits, operating electric train layouts, static model displays of the station and railyard, many one-of-a-kind artifacts of railroading history, a gift shop and a coloring table. Outside in the historic railyard, guests will find numerous walk-through exhibits, and a vast assortment of train cars and locomotives — many that ran in Danbury during its railroading heyday.
The Danbury Railway Museum, 120 White St. Car show Saturday, June 8, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Museum open to 5 p.m. Rain date Sunday, June 9. $12, free under age 3. Trains begin running hourly at 10:30 a.m., with the last train departing at 3:30 p.m. 203-778-8337. danburyrailwaymuseum.org