Train bells are ringing while whistles blow in Danville as Museum of the San Ramon Valley celebrates old railroads. You may not be able to hop on board these locomotives, but your imagination will certainly be able to take a journey through the old glory days when railroads expanded horizons and changed the course of history.
On view July 9 through Aug. 18, the "Totally Trains" exhibit features the museum's collection of "O" Gauge trains. These models span the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries with freight and passenger trains pulled by both diesel and steam engines.
Scratch-built model buildings, including a replica of the museum -- formerly the Danville SP Depot -- will be on display, along with selected Lionel "operating accessories" on loan for this exhibit. The museum's Train Club, a group of enthusiastic train buffs, has revived its collection and have been meeting for over a year to bring the exhibit and layout back to life.
Museum volunteers suggest reading up on trains before visiting; "The Last Train" by Gordon Titcomb takes a nostalgic look at trains and days gone by; and historical novel "Riders on the Orphan Train" by Alison Moore will inspire history buffs of all ages.
The Museum of the San Ramon Valley is located at 205 Railroad Avenue in Danville and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. And on Sunday from noon till 3 p.m. For more information, visit the museum website.