(Victor Valley)–Railroad fans of all ages are invited to visit the San Bernardino County Museum from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, January 14 and 15—it’s All Aboard for Train Days!
The museum will be filled with large and small model train layouts, real railroad artifacts, and activities for the whole family. The Pacific Coast Modular Club, Orange County Modular Railroaders, Antelope Valley N-Scalers, and Southern California Traction Club will install huge layouts with running trains, beautiful scenery, and miniature buildings. Other models will include a traveling circus, a monorail, trolleys, and an American Flyer train.
“Visit the circus, operate a little locomotive, and design a logo for your own train,” said museum educator Nancy Kirkwood. “Folks will also enjoy seeing historic and recent railroad artifacts, including tools, train lanterns, and switch stands. We will have real train engineers and railroad workers for visitors to talk to as well.”
Families can play “The Train Game” and learn about train signals, and can create their own paper locomotive and train logo to take home. Visitors can purchase special “Train Days” tee-shirts to color and decorate. On-going demonstrations will be offered about designing and making realistic scenery, painting and weathering train cars, and assembling model train kits. Tickets will be on sale for miniature train rides in the museum’s courtyard.
Visitors will also see the restoration progress being made on the museum’s Southern Pacific locomotive 2825 and AT & SF caboose 1333 in the courtyard.
The San Bernardino County Museum is at the California Street exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays and holiday Mondays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $8 (adult), $6 (senior or military), $5 (student), $4 (child aged 5 to 12), and children under five and Museum Association members are admitted free. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.sbcountymuseum.org.
The museum is accessible to persons with disabilities. If assistive listening devices or other auxiliary aids are needed in order to participate in museum exhibits or programs, requests should be made through Museum Visitor Services at least three business days prior to your visit. Visitor Services’ telephone number is (909) 307-2669 ext. 229 or TDD (909) 792-1462.