Hayes Train Special opens today!
The Hayes Train Special , the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Centers annual holiday model train display, is open through Jan. 3.
This is the 22nd year for this intricate model train display, where nine trains wind through a multi-tiered, 24-foot by 12-foot layout of holiday Victorian scenes that are a throwback to President Rutherford B. Hayes era.
The display offers guests some interactive opportunities to run some of the trains and some of the displays special features, such as the Ferris wheel. Hayes Presidential Center Collections Manager Mary Lou Rendon and other workers have spent weeks putting together this popular display, which is sponsored by Croghan Colonial Bank and the Gordon W. Knight Family.
The display also features historic photos by Ernst Niebergall, a German immigrant who settled in Sandusky in the early 1900s and worked as a professional photographer. His photos in this exhibit show local trains and workers aboard those trains during that time period.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Hayes Presidential Center is closed Christmas and New Years Day.
Admission is included with the price of a regular museum ticket: $7.50 for adults, $6.50 for seniors and $3 for children ages 6 to 12. Guests also can tour the museum and visit the Dressed for Life: First Ladies & Red Dress Collection exhibit that includes red dresses worn by First Ladies and celebrities. That exhibit is open through Jan. 3 and is sponsored by The Fremont Company .