Trains and Planes
Daily March 30 – April 7
10 am – 4 pm
Join us for our annual Spring Model Train Show. This year there will be five separate model train layouts set up at the museum.
Display dates: Friday April 3 – Saturday April 11
Diablo Pacific Short Line large G-scale modular railroad. They are known throughout the Bay Area and exhibit at regional parks, museums, train hobby shows and community events. They are one of the oldest and largest modular large-scale clubs in the world.
- Large layouts are low enough for small children to see and be close to the action.
- See a variety of scenic themes with great detail and animation.
- Trains represent late 19th century steam locomotives up to 21th century diesel powered engines.
- Freight and passenger trains.
- Discover the importance of railroads and railroad history.
- Learn from knowledgeable hobbyists in woodworking, electrical and scenic construction techniques.
Display dates: Sunday March 29 – Saturday April 11
The Golden Gate Lionel Railroad Club is a group of train enthusiasts that operate three rail O-scale and classic trains on a 20 ft. by 35 ft. hi rail modular layout with three loops of track.
This is the fourth layout they have built since their founding in 1986 by Gerry Bretshneider in San Francisco. It is now one of five Lionel Railroad Clubs in the U.S. The layout is never finished as their many creative members are continually detailing several areas. Look closely!!
For more information about the club, please see their website at www.gglrrc.org.
Display dates: Friday April 3 – Friday April 10
Explore exotic, colorful Asia by rail. Follow trains through scenes of rural rice terraces and waterfalls, ancient mountain temples, and enchanting villages. This layout presents 1/150 Asian N scale models of historic steam and modern diesel and electric trains from Japan, Taiwan, China, Korea, Thailand, Russia and other Asian countries. The setting of the layout features traditional Asian architecture and scenery displayed with informative descriptions of each scene to help viewers learn more about the diverse cultures of Asia as they follow the trains around the layout. First displayed in 2008, the layout has been shown at several local shows, including the annual Train Days exhibition at the Los Altos History Museum, and at several regional and national conventions of the National Model Railroad Association.
Display dates: Friday April 3 – Friday April 10
Peninsula NTRAK is an N scale model railway club founded in 1991 and based on the San Francisco peninsula. The club is known for the high standard of quality and detail that its members achieve. Peninsula NTRAK modules are built to international NTRAK standards, which allows the modules to be joined to others around the world. The club has participates in numerous local shows each year and many members have take their modules to conventions up and down the west coast, including the national conventions of the National Model Railroad Association in Sacramento in 2011 and in Portland, Oregon in August of 2015.
Exploiting the advantages of N scale, which is just 1/160 the size of real trains, the layout can run the long trains that represent North American mainline railroading in the U.S., Canada and Mexico – with occasional visits by trains from other parts of the world, including high speed bullet trains, Caltrain and even Thomas, The Tank Engine! Find out more about the club at www.ttrainweb.org/pntrak.
Swiss Narrow Gauge
Display dates: Friday April 3 – Sunday April 5
Swiss Narrow H0m Gauge
The Meter Gauge Module Group runs trains that are HO scale (1:87) but with a smaller gauge of 12mm between the rails instead of the standard 16.5mm gauge. There are many meter gauge lines in Switzerland run by private companies such as Rhaetische Bahn (RhB), Furka Oberalp (FO), Brig Visp Zermatt (BVZ), Montreux Oberland Bernois (MOB), and Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (MGB). We run models of the famous Glacier Express and Bernina Express trains, as well as local passenger trains and freight trains from all these companies.
In addition to the pleasant Swiss scenery our modules, we have two particularly attractive areas, a model of the Chamby station on the MOB line, and a stone arch viaduct that goes into a tunnel reminiscent of the Landwasser Viaduct on the RhB network. We run single track mainlines with sidings in stations, and we also incorporate elevation changes in our track, with one module that has the track cross over itself as it loops around.
Display dates: Sunday March 29 – Sunday April 5
Silicon Valley Free-moN is an informal group of folks in the San Francisco Bay Area who are building N-Scale Modules following the Free-moN Standard.
We are having a blast building, setting up and running our modules! You should join in the fun too!
Free-moN attempts to bring modular railroading standards up to the new higher quality models now available in N Scale. Modules are constructed closer to eye-level (50″), are typically based upon actual locations, and focus on capturing the look and feel of a real railroad.
Like other Free-mo standards, only the connection between modules is standardized, not the length or shape of each module. This allows modules to break free of the typical rectangular norm. Most modules feature a single-track main line snaking through the terrain. Digital Command Control (DCC) is used to control all locomotives on the railroad.
While we are located in Northern California, we are constructing modules based on prototype locations in New Mexico, Texas, and California.
The BBF&FRR (Bob Burke Family & Friends RR)
Display dates: Thursday April 9 – Saturday April 11
The BBF&FRR (Bob Burke Family & Friends RR) is an O gauge 3 rail layout with many operating accessories. It was designed for family fun and is displayed in an open area for 360* viewing. All the accessories Ice loader, Log loader/unloader, Barrel loader, Culvert loader/unloader, Operating milk car, Operating freight car and Magnetic crane work.