The Danbury Railway Museum is pleased to once again be the host venue for the Steel & Wheels car show, this year to benefit Ann’s Place in Danbury. The fun will begin at 9:00am and the car show will officially end at 3:00pm on Saturday, June 8 (rain date: Sunday, June 9). The museum itself will close at 5:00. General admission is $12 for age 3 and older (under 3, free) and includes admission to the museum, train rides, tours of vintage railroad equipment, and the car show. Trains will begin running hourly at 10:30 with the last train departing at 3:30. Show cars are welcome; owners should show up at the gate where a fee of $10 will be collected by the car show personnel.
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 given out. There will be live music and a DJ, food, ice cream, a used model train and book sale, yard tours, and other surprises. 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 currently 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 wonderful gift shop, a coloring table, and many other items of interest.
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.