‘Train Days’ rolls in to Los Altos

Posted on August 23, 2012 by  
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The Los Altos History Museum’s “Train Days” exhibition returns 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 22 and 23 in the museum’s courtyard, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

Elaborate track layouts, intricate scenery and scaled renditions of engines and whimsical theme cars, complete with steam, lights and sound, will speed along rails for train enthusiasts of all ages. A station featuring train-themed activities for children will be available throughout the two-day event.

The exhibition provides an opportunity to explore the gauges and scales associated with model railroading.

Representatives from local clubs will showcase extensive American and European layouts and answer questions about their electric and steam-powered trains. Participating clubs include:

• Live Steamers from the Bay Area Garden Railway Society (G gauge)

• Golden Gate Lionel Railroad Club (O gauge)

• European Train Enthusiasts (HO gauge)

• Peninsula NTrak (N gauge)

Also on board will be presenters from California Operation Lifesaver, a nonprofit organization that provides education on proper rail safety.

Southern Pacific put Los Altos on the map in 1907 with its steam railway connecting Palo Alto with Los Gatos. Mirroring railroad development through the years, the exhibition will demonstrate the transition from early steam locomotives to diesel engines up through today’s electric and high-speed passenger trains – scaled in miniature.

The exhibition is open to the public. Suggested donation is $10 per family or $5 per individual, free for museum members. An adult must accompany children under 12. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

For more information, visit www.losaltoshistory.org.

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