BETHLEHEM, PA – The National Museum of Industrial History (NMIH) is honoring the 150th anniversary of the ‘Golden Spike,’ the final spike joining the rails of the First Transcontinental Railroad across the United States with a special presentation and tour. This Sunday, April 28th at 2pm guest speaker Ron Luckock will tell the tragic and triumphant stories behind the workers who toiled to build the railroad and showcase a 100lb G-scale model of the famous ‘Big Boy’ locomotive used by Union Pacific that stretches almost five feet long.
Visitors will then have the unique opportunity to carpool to Mr. Luckock’s house, which houses an astonishing 4500 sq. ft. O-scale train exhibit featuring over 600 scratch built models depicting the forks of the Delaware River where five railroads, three canals, and two rivers met and interchanged.
Ron Luckock served as an Air Force combat photographer and attended Santa Barbara City College and the Brooks Institute, earning a B.A. in Photographic Arts. He later worked as a machine operator at Ingersoll Rand in Phillipsburg, NJ until his retirement in 2000. His passion for railroads and trains is a life-long pursuit, with his Lehigh River Valley setup taking 40 years to complete.
This special presentation and tour is $5 in addition to regular museum admission.
Attached: Photos show the 4500 sq. ft. layout of Ron Luckock’s recreation of Lehigh Valley railroads that visitors will be able to visit as part of the program. Photo credit to ‘Glenn Koehler/NMIH’.
Also attached is a photo of the ceremony for the driving of the “Last Spike” at Promontory Summit, Utah, May 10, 1869.
About the National Museum of Industrial History
The mission of the National Museum of Industrial History, in affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution, is to forge a connection between America’s industrial past and the innovations of today by educating the public and inspiring the visionaries of tomorrow. NMIH’s vision is to develop a premiere history museum which will tell the story of America’s industrial achievements and the accomplishments of its workers, innovators, and entrepreneurs. For more information on NMIH visit www.nmih.org
Contact Glenn Koehler Marketing and Outreach Coordinator National Museum of Industrial History [email protected] Cell: 610.573.3579 (call or text)