Do you have questions about model trains? Does your model train need repair? Veteran model train hobbyists can lend a helping hand at the annual Model Train Clinic on Saturday, Jan. 4, at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums.
The hobbyists can give expert advice about train repair and help estimate the value of some trains. The clinic is from 1 to 4 p.m. It is included with discounted adult museum-only admission of $10 on Saturday, Jan. 4, or with a site pass that includes the museum and Hayes Home.
Kids 6-12 are admitted for $5, which includes access to the museum and to tour the home. Kids 5 and younger are admitted for free.
Train clinic participants can try running their model trains on the “Hayes Train Special” tracks. The display fits O-gauge, standard and G-gauge trains. They also can see the “Hayes Train Special” model train display, which is open through Sunday, Jan. 5.
In this display, model trains wind through a Victorian winter wonderland reminiscent of President Rutherford B. Hayes’ day. “The Hayes Train Special” has been a Christmas tradition at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums since 1994.
If there is inclement weather, the train clinic will be canceled. For updates, visit rbhayes.org and the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums’ social media pages.
The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is America’s first presidential library and the forerunner for the federal presidential library system. It is partially funded by the state of Ohio and affiliated with the Ohio History Connection. 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.