Friday, August 19, 2011

San Ramon, CA: Toonerville Trolley and model trains truck out of town

From San Ramon Express: Toonerville Trolley and model trains truck out of town
San Ramon residents have one final week to catch a train before it goes chooglin' into the sunset.

The Toonerville Trolley and Model Trains exhibit at the Museum of the San Ramon Valley will close on Sunday, Aug. 21 to make way for an exhibit on quilting. The exhibit features photos of the Toonerville Trolley, which traveled along Hartz Avenue as part of the Oaland, Antioch and Eastern Railway, as well as 50 feet of model train track.

The model trains belong to members of the San Francisco Bay chapter of European Train Enthusiasts. While the Danville train is not among the models on display, member Steve Imiaek said the group's trains run on a centenary similar to the one Toonerville used.

While the Danville Branch Line lasted only a decade -- the Valley could not support a trolley line once the county road to Walnut Creek was paved in 1920 -- it remains an important part of local history. Don't miss the soap opera tales of a job-ending hold op, open umbrellas inside the train car or a rivalry between the conductor and engineer.

The museum is located at the intersection of Railroad and Prospect avenues and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. till 1 p.m.

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