Young pupils from Ducor Elementary in California were delighted to see working antique trains and toys when they visited Porterville Historical Museum recently.
During the Annual Toy Train Show, which is now in its 31st year, the children were treated to twelve running trains, which were set up in two rooms. A larger display is held in a spacious room at the back of the museum, with a train that circles overhead travelling the entire room. Antique toys were also showcased for the pupils.
The curator of the museum, Sheila Pickrell, is said to be proud of the display, adding that many volunteers are needed to provide the many hours it takes to set up all the trains for the show.
Pickrell also noted that more volunteers are required, along with antique trains. She explained that it was a problem finding model trains and the parts that are needed to keep them in working order.
Restoration can be a problem for all antiques, including furniture like antique coffee tables. Lancashire in the UK has a number of established antiques dealers, who are often able to restore items to their former beauty.
Some of the toys on display were around 150 years old, although items from the present day were included in the show. Florence Pace, a first-grade teacher at Ducor, said that the museum was a great way to teach the children about their history, although the trains were an added bonus. The show is running until the 3rd January, 2015.
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