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New 'Hayes Train Special' will have modern look

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Nov 19, 2018 at 11:00 AM

FREMONT — When the “Hayes Train Special” opens 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 library and 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 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. Check rbhayes.org for more information.

Admission to the “Hayes Train Special” is included in the price of a regular museum ticket or site pass. Members are admitted free.

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. Jan. 5. Veteran model train hobbyists will lead the clinic. Admission is discounted 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 more 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.

The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is America’s first presidential library and the forerunner for the federal presidential library system. Partially funded by the state of Ohio and affiliated with the Ohio History Connection, it is located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues in Fremont.

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