Well, here’s a childhood fantasy come true: a model train set that you can control. Now you’ll have your chance: the Windows to the Past: American Flyer display will be on exhibit at the Oldest House from December 1-10. Model trains – and so close to Christmas morning!
There will be five different trains that you can steer down the track, around the bend, and back again. And it’s quite a track – 12 feet wide by 23 feet long! These trains were originally built as toys, but they are popular with collectors now. And it’s not just due to nostalgia – these are some well-built little engines. They were created by the A.C. Gilbert company between 1948 and 1950. Each model train has been cosmetically restored, but not modernized. You’ll be looking at – and operating – the real deal.
A few breakout displays will help you see more closely how it works: for example, it’s not computers but magnets that raise and lower the tiny railroad crossing bars. The attention to detail is sure to astound you.
Windows to the Past: American Flyer will be in a building on the grounds of the Oldest House Museum Complex on St Francis Street. If you’ve never visited the Oldest House, give it a try: it’s a trolley stop, and tours begin every half hour between 10 – 4:30. It’s quite impressive – the house dates back to the Spanish Colonial Period. The museum operates under the aegis of the St Augustine Historical Society.
When you’re done with your day, let Carriage Way B&B be your last stop. We are convenient to all the downtown attractions, and restaurants, too. We have 14 gorgeous rooms and so many amenities you’ll lose track. See what we did there?