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Rail Fest

May 18, 2019, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Come out for the 12th Annual Rail Fest, a day that rail enthusiasts of all ages enjoy all things trains! Homewood embraces its rich rail history. Trains have always made their way through Homewood. Whether it was historic Illinois Central, Amtrak, Metra, or Canadian National, all had a story to tell that resonates with rail enthusiasts. Families explore the intricate train layouts for all ages to enjoy. Kids participate in train crafts. Vendors offer one-of-a-kind collections of antique trains, model trains, train memorabilia, and items associated with model railways.

Did you know that complex equipment like trains and cranes are made from combinations of simple machines?  Homewood Science Center is partnering with MiJack, a south suburban company that has been engineering durable and reliable material handling equipment for more than 60 years. Rail Fest participants learn how MiJack’s modern, sophisticated products were influenced by concepts from simple machines (like the lever, wheel and axle, pulley, screw, wedge, and inclined planes) invented in 3rd Century BC. In the STEAM Studio families create their own simple machines using household and recycled items. The Homewood Science Center is located at 18022 Dixie Highway.


May 18, 2019
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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H-F Park District Auditorium
2010 Chestnut Road
Homewood, IL 60430 United States

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