Train disastersIt's no accident that the B&O;...

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Train disasters

It's no accident that the B&O; Railroad Museum's Roundhouse looks like a disaster scene. In fact, the museum has extended through January its exhibit on train wrecks. It offers a glimpse into the revolution in train safety.

The exhibit, "When the Whistle Broke into a Scream: Train Wrecks and the Rail Safety Revolutions 1828-1918," combines artifacts, photos, models, historic videos, animation, music and hands-on activities for children and adults.

The museum also offers children a chance to ride the Holiday Express train, which takes visitors to the site of the first stone laid for the B&O; Railroad.

This weekend is your last chance to take a Holiday Express trip this season.

The exhibit is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Jan. 31 at the museum, 901 W. Pratt St. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children and free for children under 4. The train ride costs $2 in addition to museum admission. Call (410) 752-2388. Gather the family together and head to the Brokerage on Tuesday for an afternoon celebrating Kwanzaa. Taste the foods, listen to the music, dance to the sounds and take a look at the unique arts and crafts in the African marketplace. The Eubie Blake Center is sponsoring the Kwanzaa celebration, which stresses unity of the black family and offers something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

The free event will take place at the Brokerage, 34 Market Place from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Donations of canned goods are requested to help the needy. Call (410) 625-3113.

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