Last updateTue, 19 Sep 2017 5pm


Train Days returns to Los Altos: Museum highlights model railroading

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A youngster eyes a train exhibit at last year’s Train Days event at the Los Altos History Museum.

Train Days returns to the Los Altos History Museum 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 20 and 21.

The annual event showcases model railroading. Elaborate layouts, intricate scenery and scaled renditions of prototypes, 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 with 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.

Participants 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); a private collector’s Swiss Narrow Gauge (HO scale); Peninsula NTrak and AsiaNrail (N scale); and a private collector’s Civil War’s First Battle of Manassas/Bull Run (N scale).

California Operation Lifesaver will provide education on proper rail safety and gourmet food trucks will be on-site.

“We’re thrilled that our favorites are returning, and bring something new every year,” said Kristen Fuller, event chairwoman. “This year, we will go back in time as far as the Civil War, with the historic First Battle of Manassas, plus we will again go around the world to Asia and beyond – in HO and N scale.”

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

The Los Altos History Museum is located at 51 S. San Antonio Road.

For more information, visit losaltoshistory.org.

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