More than 34 years in the making, the Porterville Historical Museum will again host the best Toy and Train Show in Tulare County.

The Toy and Train Show again begins today at the museum and will be featured at the museum during its regular hours from 10 a.m. To 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Its appropriate the show is at the museum since the museum is housed in a former Southern Pacific Railroad passenger terminal. The idea of 

The idea of running toy trains at the museum goes back to the early 1980’s when the “Underwater Train Society” erected the first display with operating layouts.  

In recent years, Dr. Don Stover has kept the torch lit. 

Under his leadership the toy and train show has grown into the premier display of operating model trains in all of Tulare County and beyond.

​With new additions to the display every year the toy and train show is sure to delight.  

This year’s show will feature more than 15 model train operating layouts, more than 30 trains running simultaneously, vintage toys, dolls and a scenic village light show.

Also featured will be the Lionel Marx American Flyer from 1940-1960 as seen on Valley PBS.

Extra days for the show have been added. The show will run through January 11 during the museum’s regular business hours.

​Museum admission fees during the train show are $8 for adults, $2 for children 6 and older and free for children 6 and under.

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