Catch the Train in Galena

Special Event

Opening the day after Thanksgiving, the Galena Center for the Arts will offer a family holiday celebration of model trains, Catch the Train in Galena! Train enthusiast Philip Jackman will display his N Scale operating trains at the Center with trains running 1-4 pm on Thursdays through Sundays from Nov 24 through Dec. 17.

What a great opportunity to make family memories! There will even be a train that the kids can try running themselves. The large display features a variety of topography, including small towns, cities, deserts, canyons, oceans and more, with up to three trains running at a time. On Sundays at 2 PM an actress will read aloud the children’s book “the Polar Express”.

Thank you to “Catch the Train” sponsors:

  • Jail Hill Inn
  • First Community Bank
  • Chris Curran - Edward Jones
  • Galena Canning Company
  • Aldrich House B&B
  • JoDaviess Mutual Insurance
  • Holland Insurance

Thursdays-Sundays from 1-4 pm
November 24-December 17, 2023
No charge for this event, but donations will be welcomed.


  • Nov 24, 4-6 pm: Opening Reception
  • Sunday afternoons, 2 pm: "Polar Express" readings
  • Dec 7, 4 pm: Presentation by Phil Jackman about the Winston Tunnel
  • Dec 15, 5 pm: Presentation by Phil Jackman about the Harvey Hospitality Empire and the Harvey Girls

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