Welcome the Season with Bells and Whistles
The playful holiday exhibit at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library will take visitors on a magical journey of miniature trains, chugging through breathtaking landscapes including snow covered mountain passes, Santa’s Village, the Roaring 20’s, a Wild West mining town, and New York City.
The inspiritation of the exhibit reflects Richard Nixon’s long love of trains stretching from his childhood in Yorba Linda. He recalled on the first page of his memoirs: “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. My brothers and I played railroad games, taking the parts of engineers and conductors. I remember the thrill of talking to Everett Barnum, the Santa Fe Railroad engineer who lived in our town. All through grade school my ambition was to become a railroad engineer. ”
Polly’s Pies Restaurant, famous for its home-style cooking and wide-variety of delicious pies, will serve as the official Dining Car for the 2011 Holiday Festival of Trains.
Additional highlights of the Holiday Festival of Trains includes:
- A colorful collection of vintage tinplate engines and cars including the Stephen Girard train and the B&O passenger set.
- A sensational LEGO train metropolis, built with over one million blocks.
- Modern miniatures including the Polar Express and Thomas the Tank Engine, and Christmas classics including the Holiday Express, the Santa Clause Express, and the Christmas Express.
- Traditional favorites including the Durango Silverton passenger train, the Western Frontier, the Denver Rio Grande passenger train, and the Copper and Silver Mine train.
- Big City rail cars including the New York Central Broadway Limited, two MTA subway sets, and the Pennsylvania GG1 Electric Engine Congressional Car based on that actual train that ran from New York City to Washington, D.C.
Bring the kids - and your camera!