This weekend in Menlo Park: Holiday Train, model train show


Lots of events will be held in Menlo Park from Dec. 4 through 6 to celebrate the holidays, including a model railroad display and the full-sized Caltrain Holiday Train.

Model train show

The West Bay Model Railroad Association will hold its annual holiday open house with its new layout on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 1 to 5 p.m. and Sunday. Dec. 6, from 5 to 9 p.m.

The Sunday open house will coincide with the 7:45 p.m. arrival of the Holiday Train at Menlo Park train station.

Work on the two-level-model train layout has taken place over two years, says club spokesman Lauren Mercer, and the top level is nearing completion. Work on the lower level will begin after the holidays.

Admission to the open house is free, however, donations are appreciated, says Mr. Mercer. The Model Railroad building is at 1090 Merrill St., south of the Menlo Park train station.

Holiday train

Decorated with thousands of lights, the Caltrain Holiday Train will visit Menlo Park at 7:45 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6. The 20-minute visit will be one of nine stops during the weekend as the glittering show train makes its way from San Francisco to San Jose.

At each stop there will be singing by onboard carolers, music from the Salvation Army Brass Band, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. They and their extended family, including Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, will get off the train to greet kids and pose for photos.

Prior to the arrival of the train, there will be free entertainment and food trucks onsite in Menlo Park. Representatives from the Salvation Army and Toys for Tots programs will be at each station collecting toys.

Since the inception of the Holiday Train 13 years ago, residents of the Bay Area have brought more than 50,000 new unwapped toys to CalTrain stations, organizers say.

The annual Holiday Train is presented by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

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