‘Hayes Train Special’ open through Jan. 6





When the “Hayes Train Special” opens on Friday, Nov. 23 at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, it will feature a new twist on holiday village design around the model trains.

The three-tiered model train display has been a Christmas tradition at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums for more than 20 years. In the past, it has featured a Victorian winter scene reminiscent of President Hayes’ day.

This year, staff members Kevin Moore, Lisa Stuart and Jacque Baker are switching up the design to give it a more modern look. Their new layout will be a surprise for visitors who see the display, which is open through Sunday, Jan. 6.

“Kids of all ages will love it,” said Baker, HPLM’s reservation coordinator. “It will bring out the kid in all of us.”

The “Hayes Train Special” is a three-tiered display that will include nine trains running through a winter wonderland.

Each year, volunteers and staff design a layout with different features for this 12-foot-by-24-foot display. Visitors can blow the train whistle, run the Ferris wheel, lower the crossing gates and more with interactive buttons.

The exhibit area also showcases artwork that has a theme relevant to trains or the holidays.

This year, snowflake art by Mary Gaynier, of Toledo, will be featured. Gaynier, who has a bachelor’s degree of fine arts in drawing, creates intricate paper snowflakes with whimsical patterns, from space ships to dinosaurs.

Gaynier will share how she makes her snowflake art during a workshop this December at HPLM. Details are to be announced. Please check rbhayes.org.

The “Hayes Train Special” is sponsored by Croghan Colonial Bank and the Gordon W. Knight Family.

Admission to the “Hayes Train Special” is included in the price of a regular museum ticket or site pass. Members are admitted for free. Click here for an admission discount coupon.

At the end of the holiday season, visitors can get help and advice for sprucing up their model trains at the Model Train Clinic from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5. Veteran model train hobbyists lead the clinic. Admission is $2 or free with the purchase of a regular museum ticket or site pass. 

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. Like HPLM on Facebook at fb.me/rbhayespres and follow on Twitter at @rbhayespres and Instagram at rbhayespres.