We know that Santa gets around during the holiday season, but sleighs are not his only favorite mode of travel.
• At the Danbury Railway Museum, a classic 1903 station with a railroad yard filled with vintage train cars, visitors can ride a working vintage train through the yard to Santa’s Workshop. They will find him busily supervising his elves as they make toys, but still with time to talk with visitors and offer a small gift for every child.
A miniature train layout whizzes its way around the restored station, where once again, there are gifts for railroad buffs of all ages. Trains leave every half hour from noon to 3 p.m. on weekends, Dec. 8, 9,15, and 16.
More info: 203-778-8337, Danbury.org
• The Wilton Historical Society’s annual Great Trains exhibit is truly great, featuring 12 different layouts with a wide range of makes, models and gauges of model trains whizzing their way through a variety of intricate local landscapes.
The exhibit, now in its 15th year, will be open Dec. 1, through Jan. 21, 2013, Thursday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
More info: 203-762-7257, WiltonHistorical.org
• The Fairfield Historical Museum’s annual Holiday Express Train Show began on the evening of Nov. 30, and remains open daily through Dec. 31, except for Christmas and New Year’s Day.
The trains wind around a spectacularly decorated tree and through a setting of holiday scenery. Gifts for train lovers will be among the ideas available in the museum’s large gift shop. Hours vary; best to call ahead.
More info: 203-259-1598, FairfieldHistory.org
• The Brookfield Museum and Historical Society’s annual Christmas Open House and Model Train Exhibit will take place Dec. 15, and 22 from noon to 4 p.m., featuring model train layouts, gift ideas, toys, and refreshments.
More info: 203-740-8140 or visit BrookfieldCTHistory.org