Trees, trains and toys: Model train exhibit in Blackhawk benefits Toys for Tots

Exhibit features model trains in intricately detailed European landscape

An idyllic display of operating model trains set in a European countryside is available for residents to enjoy this holiday season at the Blackhawk Plaza Shopping Center.

Presented by the Bay Area's European Train Enthusiasts Club, for an admission price of $5 residents can view a scale versions of European landscapes, consisting of intricately detailed mountains, villages, bridges, farms, lakes and industries, with all proceeds benefiting Toys for Tots.

Accompanying the landscapes will be a collection of the club members personal model locomotives, freight and passenger cars from the various countries of Europe.

Visitors who bring new and unwrapped toys for the charity can enter for free.

The exhibit is open Wednesdays through Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Blackhawk Plaza Shopping Center, 3380 Blackhawk Plaza Cir. in Danville. The display is running now until Jan. 6.

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