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Monday, November 28, 2011

Charlie's Mom at the Bowling Green Historic Railpark and Train Museum

I'll be reading 'The Elves and the Shoemaker' and 'Wizard of Oz' author L. Frank Baum's story, 'Kidnapped Santa Claus' and singing Christmas songs at Bowling Green's Historic Railpark and Train Museum this Friday and Saturday, 6:30-7p.m. Come join me for cocoa, cookies, Santa Claus and a delicious chocolate train wreck!

The Chocolate Wreck is the most famous train wreck in the New York, Ontario and Western Railroad's history. It happened a little after 9 p.m. on September 27, 1955, when the ON-2, an O&W train on a nonstop route to Norwich, was passing through Hamilton. The train unexpectedly jumped the switch and violently collided into the Leland Coal shed. Several of the derailed cars were transporting Nestle chocolate and one car broke open, littering the accident scene with Crunch bars.

Hamiltonian Michael Mordus, in an interview for the 1995 Hamilton Bicentennial Book, recalled: "All the candy bars spilled out. The area kids had a ball getting candy until the authorities stopped the looting."  While the children enjoyed their Nestle Crunch Bars and hundreds of other Hamiltonians assembled to view the plethora of chocolate bars and the mangled metal mess, clean up efforts began in earnest.  (From Maroon-News)

Join us this weekend at Bowling Green's Historic Railpark and Train Museum as we commemorate the event and welcome the holiday season in a delicious way! Enjoy interpretations of the event by local restaurants, (including 'wrecking'/eating their entries on Sunday!), a visit from Santa, Christmas songs and stories and more December 2, 3 & 4.

Historic RailPark & Train Museum, 401 Kentucky St., Bowling Green, KY. $5 fee for ages over 4 after 5PM, free museum entrance.

Schedule of Events:

Dec 2:   5PM                       Christmas Light Display, cocoa & cookies
             6:30PM                  Kids Christmas Stories and Songs6:30-7:30             

Dec 3:   9AM-5PM, Free entrance to the Model Train Layouts, ½ price Museum admission.
             5PM                       Christmas Light Display, cocoa & cookies
             6-6:30PM               Kids Christmas Stories and Songs               
             6:30-7:30                Santa Visits                        
             7PM                       Great Chocolate Train Wreck               

Dec 4:   1-4PM                   Free entrance to the Model Train Layouts, ½ price Museum admission 

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