Miniature railroad, village on display

From staff reports

Area residents will have a final opportunity to view the Bowdish Miniature Railroad and Village at the Jefferson County History Center in Brookville from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. Admission is by donation.

The 350-square-foot layout has more than 200 feet of track with six engines and over 100 animations; both people and their pets, scattered among the more than 50 buildings and industry structures created from Jefferson County’s history.

The scenes not only portray businesses, residences, churches, theaters and dance halls, but also the lumbering, mining and agricultural industries of the county. For the younger kids, the Tommy Train will be running.

The display is based on the work of nationally known miniaturist Charles Bowdish, who started working on his display after World War I.

The display was shown at his home until the 1950s, when it was moved to the Buhl Planetarium in Pittsburgh. When the Carnegie Science Center opened, the display was enlarged and moved there.

Thousands of people have visited the Bowdish display in Brookville and hundreds of thousands visited the show every Christmas in Pittsburgh.

The History Center is located at 172-176 Main St.