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The Hayes Presidential Center’s Hayes Train Special model train display marks its 20th year of bringing holiday joy and enchantment when it opens Friday, Nov. 29.

Eight model trains – all styles that have significance to 19th President Rutherford B. Hayes and his family – travel throughout a 12x24 course that includes mountains, tunnels, countryside and villages. The three-tiered display rises to the ceiling, providing a visual wonderland that also includes 19th-century trolleys and a decorated Christmas tree. Visitors are given control of aspects of the trains’ movements and some of the display’s animated features via a series of buttons.

The exhibit, which continues through Jan. 5, 2014, is made possible through funding from title sponsors Croghan Colonial Bank and the Gordon W. Knight Family.

model-train-display
For 20 years, the Hayes Center's Train Special model train display has
been bringing holiday joy to area families. This year's display, which
includes eight model trains, will run Nov. 29 through Jan. 5, 2014. (Photo
courtesy of Hayes Presidential Center)

Adding to the holiday-theme is an exhibit telling the story of Santa Claus. Santa through the 19th Century chronicles how early depictions of Santa evolved into the jolly, ho-ho-ho, elf we all know and love today. A series of exhibit panels also details how Santa’s purpose also has changed.

Admission to the Hayes Train Special and Santa through the 19th Century is included in the Hayes Museum ticket price of $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors age 60 and older and $3 for children ages 6-12. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. (Closed Mondays, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. The Museum will close at 3 p.m. Dec. 24.)

A finale to exhibition of the Hayes Train Special, a Model Train Clinic will be held from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. Admission to the clinic is $2 per person. In the event of bad weather, the clinic will be canceled.

The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is located at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues, Fremont. For more information, visit www.rbhayes.org.

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