SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to
recognize August 2015 as Toy Train Month, an annual celebration that focuses on the crowd-favorite
Thomas W. Sefton Gallery and “Small Wonders: The Magic of Toy Trains” exhibit.
In recognition of Toy Train month in August, an entirely new selection of Buddy “L” toys – never before
displayed at the Museum -- will be introduced as part of the “Small Wonders” exhibit. The special items
added to the exhibit will include a Model T dump truck, fire truck, lumber truck, cement mixer, toy boat,
toy airplane complete with its hangar, and a four-motor “air cruiser.” With a few exceptions, these
collectibles were manufactured in the late 1920s and early 1930s which are considered the classic
years of Buddy “L.” Plus, one very rare item -- a late 1920s vintage Buddy “L” coach (bus) with gold
gilding -- will be on special display for one month only to protect it from fading.
In addition to these Buddy “L” toys, a colorful, reproduction modern-day Lionel trolley car set will be
operating on the Small Wonders toy train layout during the month of August. Toy train manufacturer
Lionel first introduced its model No. 200 “electric rapid transit” trolley car in 1906; painted in bright blue
and yellow colors, this eye-catching addition features a powered (“motor”) trolley car pulling an identical
but unpowered trailer car. Also debuting on the layout as static additions are a Lionel model No. 100
(closed-body, circa 1915) trolley motor car and a model No. 101 (open-air, circa 1906) trolley motor car;
a larger Lionel model No. 3 trolley motor car from 1908; and a highly-detailed engine house produced
by German toy train manufacturer Bing in 1909.
The extensive and internationally recognized toy train collection was donated to the Museum by the
Sefton family, along with funds to establish an endowment (managed by the California State Railroad
Museum Foundation) to build the Thomas W. Sefton Gallery and to continue to curate and care for the
Thomas W. Sefton Collection. Accumulated over four decades by the late Mr. Thomas W. Sefton, the
collection includes 20th century toy trains, Buddy "L" riding toys, and railroad-related artifacts, and
featuring approximately 7,000 toy trains and a variety of accessories, such as locomotives and railroad
cars from companies including Buddy “L,” Ives, American Flyer, Marklin, Marx, and Lionel. The “Small
Wonders” exhibit showcases approximately 1,000 vintage toy trains, six interactive displays, and a
magnificent operating toy train layout.
Railroad Museum admission is $10 for adults, $5 for youths (ages 6-17), and children ages five and
under are free. More information about the California State Railroad Museum is available at 916-323-
9280 or www.csrmf.org