Two free model train exhibits will roll into the Mesa Main Library, 64 E. First St., along with the opportunity to ride a train.
The Arizona Big Train Operators Exhibit, July 27-29, will offer more than 500 square feet of space featuring a wide range of G-scale (garden size) model trains, multiple passing tracks, historical dioramas, bridges, villages and towns. Children will have an opportunity for a hands-on experience and members of the Arizona Big Train Operators model train club will be on hand to answer questions.
Hours for the exhibit are Thursday, July 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Friday, July 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, July 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
After seeing the G-scale trains, the HO Scale Model Train Exhibit, July 31 to Aug. 5, will offer the opportunity to compare to the HO Scale trains, which are one of the smallest. Presented by Grand Canyon State Model Railroaders, exhibit visitors will be invited to walk around more than 750 square feet of HO track and model towns. Model railroad operators will be on hand to answer questions.
Hours for the exhibit are Monday, July 31 from noon to 8 p.m.; Tuesday, Aug. 1 through Thursday, Aug. 3 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday, Aug. 4 and Saturday, Aug. 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
As part of the exhibit, the Mesa Library Express trackless train will be offering free train rides for adults and children Friday, July 28 and Saturday July 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Friday, Aug. 4 and Saturday, Aug. 5 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 2 to 5 p.m. Last pickups will be 30 minutes before the closing time. The Mesa Library Express is presented by SRP, Valley Metro, Stacy and Witbeck and Sundt.
Raffle prizes will be given away after the exhibit ends, including two tickets to the Grand Canyon Railway; a family five-pass for combination admission to Goldfield Ghost Town’s mine, train and mystery shack and a Lehmann train set.
For more information, visit: www.mesalibrary.org.