Caltrain

Caltrain celebration of 150 years of Peninsula service continues with free train ride on Jan. 18

Caltrain continues its celebration of 150 years of the Peninsula Commute Service. The next event will honor the completion of the line from San Francisco to San Jose. The line was completed in January of 1864. A special 150th Anniversary train, free to the public, will depart from San Francisco and return from Santa Clara Saturday, […]

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Caltrain’s 150th Anniversary Celebration at Menlo Park

We stopped by today’s celebration of Caltrain’s 150th Anniversary at the Menlo Park Caltrain station. It was a wonderful family event – lots to see and enjoy. Here are some photos of today’s celebration!

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You’re invited to ride the rails in Menlo Park at West Bay Model RR at two upcoming holiday shows

Did you know that here are a couple of other railroads in Menlo Park — other than Caltrain. One, in West Menlo, is a private “live steam” layout. Another is a real Menlo Park treasure – the West Bay Model Railroad Association. Located in the old Southern Pacific freight building just south of the Menlo Park […]

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Menlo Park celebrates clock tower’s 25th birthday

On a cloudless June day, about 40 locals gathered yesterday in the shadow of the Clock Tower at the Menlo Park Transportation Center. It was exactly 25 years ago that the Center was built to integrate rail, bus, auto, bicycle and pedestrian transportation elements in one central location. The visually defining element of the Center […]

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Menlo Park clock tower gets ready to celebrate its 25th anniversary

Envisioned in the 1980s as a visible focus for the Menlo Park Transportation Center, the city’s clock tower is getting spruced up in anticipation for an anniversary celebration planned for Tuesday, June 19 at 11:00 am, sponsored by the Menlo Park Historical Association. The Transportation Center provides train, bus, bicycle and automobile transport service in […]

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Fun on the Rails in Menlo Park

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

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)

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

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

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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