vintage toy trains

Love the layover: vintage toy trains at San Francisco International Airport

A new exhibition at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is all about trains.

(New York Central Railroad with alphabet blocks (push toy) 1885-95; Collection of Rod Cornell)

Inside Track presents more than 200 vintage toy trains and accessories-including two miniature train layouts. In addition to realistic-looking trains, there are specialty items such as Mickey Mouse handcars from the 1930s and the “Lady Lionel,” which was a pastel train marketed to girls during the 1950s.

(Mickey Mouse handcar 1934-37 Lionel Corp., Irvington, New Jersey; Collection of David & Barbara Dansky)

Inside Track: Toy Trains is located pre-security in the International Terminal Main Hall and is on view through April 2009. If you’re at the airport on November 19th, November 22-23rd, or December 6th and 7th, make an extra effort to seek out the exhibit. On those days local model train clubs will set up and run miniature train layouts.

(Blue Comet engine 1931-39; Lionel Corp., Irvington, New Jersey
Collection of David and Barbara Dansky)