Danville Science Center Hosts Old 97 Rail Days

Danville, VA - Everyone's "All Aboard!" at the Danville Science Center this weekend. Preparations for Danville's "Old 97 Rail Days" are well underway. This weekend marks the 108th anniversary of the 1903 train wreck that killed eleven people just outside of Danville.

The Science Center's Pepsi Building will be equipped with scale model trains traveling through tiny towns made to look like they did back during the time of the Old 97.

Over 30 different model train sets were assembled to create the exhibit. Organizers say the best part is seeing that smile when kids come running through the door. Tim Hammack will have his model trains on display, "Kids are of course fascinated, they always have been fascinated by trains. That's one of the biggest thrills is to see the kids come through the doors and start scrambling to see everything at once," he said.

The event kicks off Saturday September 24 at 9:00 a.m. and runs till 5:00 p.m. And then will be open again Sunday from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Admission to the Science Center is $1 Saturday only. Regular admission is $5 ages 4-17, $6 ages 60+ / adult students / military, and $7 ages 18-59

Call 434-791-5160 for more information