Lego model train pulls into museum

JASPER — A Christmas Lego Model Train exhibit will be featured from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Dubois County Museum. The public is invited.

Donnie and Lori Richardson will return to the museum with their model train set made entirely of Legos. Come see their special Christmas features.

Also on that day, the museum volunteers will present a storytime for the children with a trains/Legos theme at 10:30 a.m. Youngsters are encouraged to come and hear stories, make crafts and do creative activities. The staff invites visitors to enjoy the movie, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” at 12:30 p.m. Free popcorn will be provided. All activities will be held in the log house area. Drawings for prizes of Lego kits will be held throughout the day.

The story of the Lego model train set begins with Lori Richardson. Mrs. Richardson began her love of Legos from the time she was a child. She played with them and introduced her son, Chandler, to them. Chandler enjoyed building with the sets and was given more sets to build for his birthdays and Christmas.

After her husband and son built their first Lego train (a red city passenger train), the possibilities became endless. Her husband wanted to start a free, train show to display some of his pre-war collection and his Marx layout to the community. When the first show happened, their son set up his Lego train, and at the time, a small handful of buildings. Both the show and the Legos were a success. Eventually, their son started growing out of Legos, but Mrs. Richardson continued her fascination with Legos. She enjoys having conversations and answering questions about the plastic construction toy.

The Christmas layout will be displayed on a 4-by-8 table that houses just the Christmas scene and contains almost all of the Lego Christmas village pieces. Mrs. Richardson is still on the hunt for two pieces she is missing. It features a town square that has a carousel, mini-figures ice skating and participating in various winter activities, and, of course, Mr. and Mrs. Claus. The Lego Christmas train circles the Christmas scene. 

The museum, at 2704 N. Newton St., is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. The museum is closed Mondays. For more information, call 634-7733 or visit The museum is also on Facebook and Twitter.



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