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Holiday Festival of Trains visiting Nixon Library through Jan. 10

One of largest collections of miniature trains ever displayed

Posted: November 12, 2009 4:59 p.m.
Updated: November 12, 2009 4:33 p.m.
YORBA LINDA, Calif. (PRNewswire-USNewswire) -- A Holiday Festival of Trains at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum is taking visitors on a magical journey through the world of miniature trains through Jan. 10.

One of the largest such collections ever assembled, this spectacular display features a breathtaking landscape of toy trains whistling through tiny snow-covered turn of the century villages, a 1890 Bavarian castle, and forested, mountain passes with more than 5,000 miniature trees.

Additional highlights include:
* A "Mountain of Trains" featuring a multi-tiered platform 13' tall by 40' long by 32' wide running more than 16 trains on 1,500 feet of track.

* A sensational LEGO train display featuring a 20 ft. long bridge and LEGO's famous Emerald Nigh Train, built by the LEGO Club of
Southern California.

* Thrill to the "Chloe," a full-size sugar plantation engine formerly owned by Academy Award-winning Disney animator, Ward Kimball.

* An exciting interactive 8x8 ft. train display where youngsters can play conductor, stopping and starting trains, plus operating the
crossing gate and warning signals.

* Rare combination of five gauges together in one exhibition, including: G, Standard, O, On30 and Ho.

* Colorful pre-WW II tinplate accessories by Lionel, American Flyer, Ives and Marklin.

* Locomotive, tender, and cars from the early 1930s.

* Modern classics including Polar Express and Thomas the Tank Engine.

* Photos of Walt Disney & Ward Kimball at their famous visit to the 1948 Chicago Rail Fair.

* Original pieces of the Blue and Red Monorail train enjoyed at Disneyland in the '50s, plus photos of the 1959 Monorail grand opening and ribbon cutting by Walt Disney and Vice President Nixon.

* A warm and scenic Santa Claus Village featuring miniatures from Dept. 56.

The exhibit was created through the pooled efforts and resources of the Western Division of the Train Collectors Association, the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, and the Nixon Foundation.

The exhibit reflects months of work from local volunteers of the Western Division of the Train Collectors Association, the leading national organization of train enthusiasts whose 30,000 members worldwide are dedicated to the collecting, preservation, and running of toy trains.

The idea of a train exhibit reflects Richard Nixon's love of trains beginning in his childhood in Yorba Linda. He recalled in his memoirs one of the earliest memories from his Yorba Linda boyhood: "In the daytime I could see the smoke from the steam engines. Sometimes at night I was awakened by the whistle of a train, and then I dreamed of the far-off places I
wanted to visit someday."


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