Today I visited the Tracy Historical Museum to see the European Train Enthusiasts model train layout.
The ETE members have mobile modules that they take to different venues throughout the year for exhibitions. Each September they come to the Tracy Museum for an exhibition around the same time as the Dry Bean Festival.
Here you can see one corner of the layout with a large mural behind it. The mural is a permanent part of the Tracy Historic Museum. Tracy has a rich rail heritage and there is a group that is looking at bringing a permanent rail museum to town.
I didn’t have much time to look at the layout today as I arrived shortly before closing time. However, I did get a few shots of the trains in action. Here we have a steam locomotive getting ready to enter a tunnel. I plan on going back next Saturday when I have more time to watch the trains.
Here we see the train after it has come out of the tunnel, turned the corner and picking up speed on the straightaway. The train is pulling a load of coal which brought back memories of coal trains that we would see when we were growing up in Iowa.
Here is one more shot of the engine as it moves down the tracks. You can see the cantenary, which is the overhead wires for electric trains. Since the layouts are all based on European locations it is mandatory that they have cantenary as most European rail lines are electrified.
There is a lot of detail in the modules and I hope to share more with you in the future.
You can see part of a downtown scene in this view as well as two of the ETE members who were running the trains. I know several of the members and always have a great time talking to them.
The ETE members also talk about passenger rail systems around the world in their meetings and newsletters. I am sure that they would enjoy my post about Fast Trains. I have talked about someday going to one of their meetings and talking about some of my travels by train around the world.
I hope you enjoyed this quick little look into model trains.