Trains and Planes

Trains and Planes

10 am – 4 pm each day

Saturday March 30 to Sunday April 7
(Museum closed Easter Sunday March 31)

Join us for our annual Spring Model Train Show. This year there will be a number of separate model train layouts set up at the museum.

Display dates: Saturday, March 30 – Sunday April 7

Diablo Pacific Short Line is a large G-scale modular railroad. It is known throughout the Bay Area and exhibits at regional parks, museums, train hobby shows, and community events. It is 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 21st-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: Saturday March 30 – Sunday April 7

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

Display dates: Saturday, March 30 – Wednesday April 3

The California Central Coast is one of the most active On30 (O scale) model railroad groups in the state. They have one simple goal – To have fun operating their On30 modular railroad and sharing that fun with as many people as they can. Their railroad is freelanced and set in ‘central’ California prior the 1940’s.

In April 2005, a small group of model railroaders with an interest in On30 modules came together to form the group.  After exploring various module standards and the practices of other modular groups from other scales, they opted to focus their module design standard after the work done by the Texas Outlaws On30 group with a focus on interconnection and reliable operation.  Their first public event was in February 2006 with a modest collection of five modules – some with only the beginnings of scenery in place.  Since then, they have displayed at over 90 public and hobbyist events with layouts featuring dozens of nicely designed modules.  

For more information about the club, please see their website at


Display dates: Thursday, April 4- Sunday, April 7

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: Thursday, April 4 – Sunday, April 7

Peninsula NTRAK is an N-scale model railway club founded in 1991 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, allowing the modules to be joined by others worldwide. The club has participated in numerous local shows each year, and many members have taken 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 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

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This Event is included with museum admission.
Museum Members are Free. Just show your membership at the door.

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