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Fun on the Rails in Menlo Park

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This weekend the West Bay Model Railroad Association is holding its annual Christmas Show – and the trains are running! If you’ve got kids (or even if you’re just a fan of model railroads like me!) you’ll definitely enjoy a visit to the club’s big layout in the Model Railroad building at 1090 Merrill St. […]

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West Bay Model Railroad Association’s annual Christmas show (Dec 9-11)

The West Bay Model Railroad Association is holding its annual Christmas show this week at its building at 1090 Merrill Street adjacent to the Menlo Park Caltrain station. The model trains will be operating 7 to 10 PM Friday, Dec. 9, noon to 6 PM Saturday, Dec. 10, and noon to 5 PM Sunday, Dec. […]

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Model railroad holiday show tonight (12/10) through Sunday

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This weekend the West Bay Model Railroad Association is holding its annual Christmas Show, beginning Friday evening (12/10) from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. This is the last Christmas show using the current layout; a new layout is in the works for next year. “The current layout is actually 60 years old,” said Menlo Park resident […]

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Atherton: Loneliest train station on the Peninsula (almost)

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This InMenlo contributor grew up on Hillview Drive in west Menlo Park, and my father took the Southern Pacific (now Caltrain) commuter train every day to the City and back (except on weekends when he drove the company car home). On my 16th birthday, my mother handed me the keys to their huge Pontiac Bonneville […]

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Mystery of Menlo: Sign showing miles to New Orleans

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A couple of months ago, former local resident Corry Arnold (who blogs about the Grateful Dead and other once Peninsula-based musicians), sent an email inquiring about a Menlo Park train station sign that displayed the mileage to New Orleans. Wrote Corry: “Were you aware of a sign on the railroad tracks in Menlo Park, opposite […]

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J.B. Blunk’s Station Hill Sculpture

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My office is across from the Caltrain station in Menlo Park. Most days, I walk across the Caltrain tracks to a nearby restaurant (Cafe Borrone, Su Hong, etc.) for lunch. For years, I’ve been walking by a big tree stump located at the Menlo Park Caltrain station. Today, I happened to notice that the big […]

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Hidden Menlo: Riding the Rails!

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The West Bay Model Railroad Association‘s annual Christmas show is being held this weekend. Bring the kids to see the association’s model trains in action in their building at 1090 Merrill St. just adjacent to the Menlo Park Caltrain station. The trains will be running from 7 PM to 10 PM tonight Friday, Dec. 11, […]

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Santa and snow arrive on the 7:25

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Santa and Mrs. Claus, arrived at the Menlo Park Caltrain station about 7:25 pm this evening where a  large crowd – mainly parents with their preschoolers – had gathered for the festivities. A holiday tradition of sorts (with some years more elaborate than others), the six car, non-passenger train was festooned with decorative lights and […]

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New “gotchas” on the Caltrain horn blasts

A regulator valve that precisely sets the volume has been installed on all of Caltrain’s operating locomotives and cab cars – an action taken to reduce the noise volume of the horns to their previous level. But this latest fix comes with a number of “gotchas” for residents of Menlo Park neighborhoods, who according to […]

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Add jack hammering to the tweets and toots

Beginning tonight and continuing through Thursday (August 27), Menlo Park neighborhoods adjacent to the Caltrain tracks will hear new noises about the time the louder tweets and toots are put to bed for the night. Work on Caltrain’s Grade Crossing Improvement Program at Encinal, Glenwood and Ravenswood Avenues will take place from 8:00 pm to […]

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Menlo Park’s train station is oldest in state of California

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Looks like the winner for oldest building still standing in Menlo Park is the train station, which now serves Caltrain passengers. It was constructed in 1867 by the San Francisco and San Jose Railroad Company and is the oldest railroad passenger station in California. The Victorian ornamentation was added in the 1890s when the station […]

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