Usually in the business of loaning books, the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Main branch is now displaying an amazing miniature train exhibit they have on loan from Huntington Bank.

600 gallons of water and 50 pounds of snow and nestled amongst it all, 7 miniature trains chugging along 280 feet track! Even if you’re not a train enthusiast, it's hard not to be entranced. The intricate landscape towers over the stacks on the first floor and in addition to the trains (which include Thomas the Tank Engine), there are tunnels, bridges, mountains and replicas of actual buildings in two historic German towns including Dresden, Columbus' sister city.

You may be familiar with the exhibit which was first unveiled in 1992 and up until two years ago, was set up as a holiday centerpiece at the historic Huntington Bank building on the corner of Broad and High streets. The entire village is put up in less than two days and is changed slightly every year. So check out a book and check out the trains; the exhibit will be on display until Jan. 22.

The library’s hours are: 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. There is FREE one-hour parking in the library’s garage, which you enter on the north side of the building, which is located at 96 S. Grant Ave., Downtown.

To learn more and see a video of the display, log on to http://www.columbuslibrary.org/huntington_train --Kristen Maetzold, contributing writer for Columbus Parent Magazine