For the past 26 years, the “Hayes Train Special” model train display has been a beloved holiday tradition at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, and this year the popular display will be free to visitors.
The intricate train display opened last Friday in the museum auditorium and will remain on exhibit through Sunday, Jan. 9. For hours and holiday closings information, visit their website.
The trains run through a Victorian holiday scene and delight visitors of all ages. Visitors can watch them wind through tunnels and villages in this multi-tiered 12-foot by 24-foot exhibit. They can get involved by pushing buttons that run one of the trains, turn the Ferris wheel, send the ice skaters gliding across the pond and more.
The “Hayes Train Special” is sponsored by Croghan Colonial Bank and the Gordon W. Knight Family.
On Saturday, Jan. 8, the annual model train clinic will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. in the “Hayes Train Special” display area. Model train hobbyists will assist guests with repair and upkeep questions about their model trains.
Tickets for the train clinic are $5. Kids 5 and younger are free. Tickets are available at by clicking here.
Those who bring trains to the clinic can also can run their trains on the “Hayes Train Special” track. The track fits standard, O-gauge and G-gauge trains.
The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues. For information, call 419-332-2081, or visit rbhayes.org.