Model trains return to Fremont museum

FREMONT – The magic of a miniature train wending its way around an equally pint-size track can transform people of any age into smiling wide-eyed children.

The Hayes Presidential Center’s Hayes Train Special model train display marks its 20th year of enchantment when it opens Friday.

Eight model trains – all styles that have significance to 19th President Rutherford B. Hayes and his family – travel throughout a 12- by 24-foot course that includes mountains, tunnels, countryside and villages. The three-tiered display rises to the ceiling, providing a visual wonderland that also includes 19th-century trolleys and a decorated Christmas tree.

Visitors can control some aspects of the trains’ movements and some of the display’s animated features via a series of buttons.

The exhibit continues through Jan. 5.

Admission is included in the Hayes Museum ticket price of $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for senior citizens and $3 for children ages 6-12.

The museum is at Hayes and Buckland avenues in Fremont. Go to for more information.