Today the Railroad Museum unveils a whimsical exhibit depicting an 1880s steam train carved out of wood by master whittlers. Accompanied by "a handcar, water tower, railroad depot, crossing gate and a cadre of more than 40 humorous characters from all walks of life in the West," this display will sure to delight visitors of all ages.
It took 25 artisans of the Caricature Carvers of America a year to meticulously whittle, sculpt and paint the colorful ensemble. On Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. the carvers will be on hand to meet the public and provide a special demonstration of the whittler's art.
"Whittle Stop" will be available for public viewing for one year in the Gallery Lobby near the Museum entrance and store.
What: "Whittle Stop: A Cast of Caricatures on a Wild West Train" Exhibit
Where: California State Railroad Museum, Old Sacramento State Historic Park
When: Sept. 18 through Sept. 2013
Cost: Museum admission -- $10 adults; $5 youths ages 6-17; free for children ages 5 and under.
For more info: 916-445-6645 or website
PHOTO CREDIT: 1880s steam engine, part of the Whittle Stop exhibit. Courtesy California State Railroad Museum