The Los Altos History Museum has scheduled Train Days 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 14 and 15 at the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.
The annual event showcases 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 along rails.
Museum visitors are invited to explore and ask questions about the gauges and scales associated with American and Asian model railroading layouts.
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, Train Days tracks the transition from early steam locomotives to diesel engines and electric and high-speed passenger trains – all scaled in miniature.
Participating railroad clubs include the Live Steamers from the Bay Area Garden Railway Society (G scale), the Diablo Pacific Short Line (G scale), the Golden Gate Lionel Railroad Club (O scale), the AsiaNrail (N scale) and the NorCal Division Nn3 Alliance (California narrow-gauge N scale).
California Operation Lifesaver, a nonprofit organization committed to educating the public on proper rail safety, is slated to participate.
Food, beverages and train items will be available for purchase.
Admission is $5 per person, free for children 4 and under. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
For more information, visit losaltoshistory.org.
Photos from the 2012 Train Days at the Los Altos History Museum - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier