Model train in Campbell, CA
There is something nostalgic about miniature trains. They harken back to a time when hobbyists tinkered with cars and rails, built sets and then sent scale versions of magnificent trains, happily around a track.
In front of the Livingston home
The Abominable Snowman catches a ride
A little vintage, a bit of modern
A few train cars round the tracks
A miniature truck and camper shell
Tiny reindeer catch a ride in an open car
For at least a decade now, a local train enthusiast in nearby Campbell runs a set of model trains around the track…in his front yard. I haven’t had the courage to knock on his front door, but I would love to hear how he got started. I wonder if the family peaks out the window from time to time to see the joy they bring to others.
The Livingston home converts the front yard into a model train village. A massive platform fills the entire front yard, and stands about knee-high. There is a shorter platform circling the yard as well. Three different trains run around the tracks, passing small villages, figurines and miniature versions of Christmas trees.
Model train set
Some of the scenery has the vintage flavor of a train station in the 1940’s. Leaves drop from the massive tree above, lending a naturalized air. Surprises include tiny figurines from the Pixar Car’s movies, Star Wars and Mickey Mouse.
Mickey Mouse and Daisy wait at the train station
This year, there was an even bigger surprise: a delightful cat.
The train platform occupies the entire front yard. (Can you see the cat)
I didn’t see the kitty at first. What an unexpected surprise. Just before taking the last of my pictures I caught a glimpse of his fur.
Look at this handsome face
Kitty stretched and yawned, then marched across the train tracks for a closer view of me. Far from being skittish, he was happy for a bit of TLC.
Kitty near the water tower
He rubbed up against my hand, then jumped down for a pet.
When it was time to go, I carried him back to his spot. I didn’t want him to follow me into the street, and although he looks a bit cranky, he was entirely unmoved by the experience.
Returning kitty to his spot
I couldn’t help but drive by a week later to see if I could spot him once again. Sure enough he was sound asleep in the same spot. I think I smiled the rest of the way home.
The miniature train runs during the month of December on McBain Drive in Campbell, CA.
Merry Christmas! May your day be filled with your version of miniature trains, nostalgic treats and whatever makes you smile.