Community favorite, Train Days, returns to the Los Altos History Museum for two days of train-filled fun celebrating the joy and wonder of model railroading.
Elaborate layouts, intricate scenery, and scaled renditions of prototypes and whimsical engines and theme cars complete with steam, lights and sound, will speed the rails to delight visitors of all ages. Explore the gauges and scales associated with model railroading as private collectors and clubs showcase and field questions about their American, European and Asian layouts. Participants 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)
Joining the above is: California Operation Lifesaver who will provide education on proper rail safety, our glitter tattoo station will be in full gear and an array of gourmet food trucks and carts will be serving up delectables for Train Days patrons and the public.
“We’re thrilled to bring our visitors something new every year and we have some special surprises in store,” says event chair Kristen Fuller. “Four new exhibits will join us, including the private “Speeder” rail car of a beloved Los Altan and train enthusiast.”
Trains are integral to America’s and our local history. For over 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 to Los Gatos. Mirroring railroad development through the years, you’ll see the transition from early steam locomotives to diesel engines up through electric and high-speed passenger trains—all scaled in miniature. Whether you’re new to model railroading or have been an enthusiast for years, come join the fun and see why it is one of the most beloved hobbies around the world.
Train Days is brought to you by the Los Altos History Museum, dedicated to preserving and sharing local history to enrich our community and to shape a more informed future. The Museum and J. Gilbert Smith House are open Thursday through Sunday, from noon-4pm and are located at 51 So. San Antonio Road, Los Altos, CA 94022. The gardens, outdoor agricultural exhibits and picnic area are accessible beyond Museum hours.
Train Days: Karen Purtich, email@example.com
Los Altos History Museum: Laura Bajuk, ED, 650-948-9427×10, firstname.lastname@example.org