Annual model train clinic at the Hayes Presidential Library and Museums set for Saturday

FREMONT – In an effort to help model train fans get their engines in order for the holidays, the annual Hayes Presidential Library and Museums Model Train Clinic has been moved up this year and will take place on Saturday.

For many years, the train clinic took place in January, after the holidays, but there were many requests to have it earlier. Train fans wanted their model trains to be ready for the holidays, so Hayes Presidential has moved the date up.

"Our train display is up now for the holiday season," Kevin Moore, curator of artifacts at the Hayes Presidential Library and Museums. "It's definitely a growing event, and we're trying something new this year, in two different ways: one, it will be open longer throughout the day, and two, we moved it up."

Kevin Moore, curator of artifacts at the Hayes Presidential Library and Museums, works on the trains in advance of the model train clinic being held this Saturday.
Kevin Moore, curator of artifacts at the Hayes Presidential Library and Museums, works on the trains in advance of the model train clinic being held this Saturday.

The event used to held on the first weekend in January.

"Now we are doing it this first weekend in December, with the thought being if we do it before Christmas then people can get their trains out and have them go around their tree for the holidays. This way, they can have their trains looked at, or serviced, before Christmas," Moore explained.

The hours of the train clinic also have been extended to allow more people to be served.

After years of storage, model trains often need some TLC

Veteran model train hobbyists will examine model trains that guests bring in and help them with troubleshooting and advice.

"This is for hobbyists and lay people, who like to have the models set up around the Christmas tree. Collectors are welcome," Moore said.

He said that it's not unusual for someone to inherit a train set and have that nostalgic feeling take hold, but after years of storage, the trains often need some cleaning up or service to get them running properly.

Fans of model trains get their sets spruced up at a Hayes Presidential Library and Museums Model Train Clinic.
Fans of model trains get their sets spruced up at a Hayes Presidential Library and Museums Model Train Clinic.

Those who bring trains to the clinic can also run their trains on the “Hayes Train Special” track. The track fits standard, O-gauge and G-gauge trains.

“The Hayes Train Special” is Hayes Presidential’s annual model train display, which opened for the season last weekend. Visitors can interact with and watch as model trains run through a Victorian holiday scene.

Model trains wind through tunnels and villages

Visitors and train clinic participants can watch them wind through tunnels and villages in this multi-tiered, 12-by-24-foot exhibit. They can get involved by pushing buttons that run one of the trains, blow the train whistle and more.

The annual Hayes Presidential Library and Museums Model Train Clinic is taking place on Saturday this year. In the past the clinic was held in January.
The annual Hayes Presidential Library and Museums Model Train Clinic is taking place on Saturday this year. In the past the clinic was held in January.

The “Hayes Train Special” and train clinic are part of Hayes Presidential’s holiday series of events, called A Presidential Christmas.

The clinic will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the museum auditorium. Admission is $5 per person age 6 and older. Kids 5 and younger are admitted for free. Tickets can be purchased at the museum front desk the day of the event.

For more information, call 419-332-2081, or visit rbhayes.org.

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