Train Days At Los Altos History Museum

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Los Altos History Museum Train Days 2015The annual Train Days event is scheduled to roll in to the Los Altos History Museum 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 19 and 20.

Train Days is designed to celebrate the joy and wonder of model railroading. Elaborate layouts, intricate scenery, scaled renditions of prototypes and whimsical engines and theme cars – complete with steam, lights and sound – will speed the rails. Visitors can explore the gauges and scales associated with model railroading as private collectors and clubs showcase their models and field questions about their American, European and Asian layouts.

Participants will include:

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

• Diablo Pacific Short Line (G scale)

• Golden Gate Lionel Railroad Club (O scale)

• Private Collector: BBF&FRR (O scale)

• Private Collector: Swiss Narrow Gauge (HO scale)

• AsiaNrail (N scale)

• National Model Railroad Association (N scale)

• LEGO Layout (L scale)

• Private Collector: Maintenance Railway Car (full scale)

The event will also feature California Operation Lifesaver with education on proper rail safety, a glitter tattoo station and an array of gourmet food trucks and carts.

“We’re thrilled to bring our visitors something new every year, and we have some special surprises in store,” said event chairwoman Kristen Fuller.

Fuller said Train Days will feature four new exhibits, including the private “Speeder” railcar of a local train enthusiast.

The museum sponsors Train Days to shed light on how integral trains are to the country’s and the region’s history. For more than 150 years, rail service has been transporting passengers along the Peninsula. In 1907, Southern Pacific put Los Altos on the map with its steam railway connecting Palo Alto and Los Gatos.

Mirroring railroad development through the years, Train Days visitors can see the transition from early steam locomotives and diesel engines to electric and high-speed passenger trains – all scaled in miniature.

Admission is $5, free for children 4 and under. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

The Los Altos History Museum is located at 51 S. Antonio Road, behind the main library. For more information, visit: losaltoshistory.org

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