Model train display returns for holiday season to delight all ages

Nov 7, 2023 | Entertainment | 0 comments

The multi-tiered display features a variety of model trains that wind through a winter wonderland reminiscent of President Rutherford B. Hayes’ day.

The Christmas season officially begins for many residents in the area when the “Hayes Train Special” model train display rolls into the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums in Fremont on Friday, Nov. 24.

For the past 28 years, the “Hayes Train Special” has been a beloved holiday tradition at Hayes Presidential. The multi-tiered display features a variety of trains that wind through a winter wonderland reminiscent of President Rutherford B. Hayes’ day.

Admission to the train display, which is located in the museum auditorium, is free. A donation box will be available for those who wish to make a gift to Hayes Presidential for the display.

The “Hayes Train Special” will remain on exhibit though Sunday, Jan. 7. For hours and holiday closings information, visit

Visitors can watch the trains wind through a Victorian, snow-covered village. 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.

The “Hayes Train Special” and train clinic are part of Hayes Presidential’s season of holiday events, called A Presidential Christmas. A Presidential Christmas is sponsored by Mosser Construction, Inc., with funding by Wright Leather Works.

Hayes Presidential is America’s first presidential library and the forerunner of the federal presidential library system. It is partially funded by the state of Ohio and affiliated with the Ohio History Connection. Hayes Presidential is located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues.

For information, call 419-332-2081, or visit

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