Museum of the San Ramon Valley brings back 'Totally Trains' exhibit

Model train display features scale models of Tri-Valley buildings

The Museum of the San Ramon Valley will be working with its bread and butter for its summer exhibit, as it will be bringing back its popular "Totally Trains" display -- particularly symbolic for the museum located in an old train depot.

The main layout of the exhibit features four running model trains on two elevated platforms, each operating on a fully decorated background that features idyllic scenery, bridges, a trestle, tunnel and a village. Those with sharp eyes will be able to spot a replica of the museum -- in the form of the Southern Pacific train depot -- included in the display.

Three private collections of model trains will be on display, featuring model trains from the early to mid-1900s. Some of the trains showcased include Lionel, American Flyer Standard gauge and Marx O gauge.

New to this year's layout are several scale models of buildings from across the Tri-Valley. Guests are encouraged to try and spot these models, most of which were found along the tracks in Alamo, Danville, San Ramon and all the way to Dublin.

For the museum's younger guests, an interactive Thomas the Train table has been set up for their amusement.

Summer prices for family pass tickets run at $15. Once purchased, the pass will allow museum-goers to return and view the exhibit as many times as they like.

Totally Trains will open this Saturday and run through Aug. 26, with special "train hours" keeping the museum open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sundays noon to 3 p.m.

The Museum of the San Ramon Valley, 205 Railroad Ave., is located in a restored train depot on the corner of Railroad and Prospect avenues in downtown Danville. Free parking is offered for museum visitors.

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