Sunday, December 2, 2012

Escapes: Model train exhibit at Napa Valley Museum

From Sacramento Bee:  Escapes: Model train exhibit at Napa Valley Museum

Put on your conductor's hat and head to the Napa Valley Museum. There you will find a first-rate exhibit of HO gauge trains and model railroad layouts from Coastal Valley Lines, paired with a collection of railroad memorabilia.
The exhibit occupies 1,500 square feet, in which model trains climb steep grades, shunt freight cars and take side trips onto branch lines. Trains stop at a variety of stations and industries along their routes.
"HO gauge is the most popular railroad scale, so named because it is half of the size of O gauge, the scale of the once very popular Lionel train sets," said a museum spokesman.
The small-scale model trains have their roots in the 1930s, when "Depression-era budgets had modelers searching for a way to operate model trains in tight quarters," said the spokesman. "Today about 74 percent of modelers are in HO."
The Napa Valley Museum is at 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. The model train exhibit runs through Dec. 16.
Admission is $5 for adults, $2.50 for children 15 and younger. Free admission for everyone Dec. 8. For more information: (707) 944-0500,

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