Train Days roll into Los Altos museum

Courtesy of Los Altos History Museum
The annual Train Days event this weekend at the Los Altos History Museum invites visitors to explore model railroading and ask questions of private collectors.

The Los Altos History Museum’s Train Days event is making its annual stop 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

According to organizers, Train Days celebrates 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 trains and field questions about the mechanics and electronics of their layouts and the history behind the locomotives and railroads that inspired them.

The event will also feature California Operation Lifesaver with education on proper rail safety and the U.S. National Park Service Trails & Rails Program, a glitter tattoo station, a train-themed marketplace and a variety of gourmet food trucks and carts.

“We’re pleased to bring visitors something new every year,” said event chairwoman Kristen Fuller. “This year we welcome the Golden Gate Toy Train Operators, who will display an interactive layout displaying vintage toy trains of three different gauges – S, O and HO – and invite visitors to control some of the switches and accessories.”

The museum sponsors the event to demonstrate the importance of trains to national and regional 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 to Los Gatos.

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

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