John Bianco, Ernie’s son, continued the 30-plus-year tradition of running his model trains from Thanksgiving through Christmas Day. Weather permitting, five tracks ran trains every evening except Mondays on Adele Ave. from 6:30 to about 9:00.
The engines and cars changed daily. As many as 100 visitors a night (up to 300 on Christmas eve) came, including children brought by parents who themselves watched the trains when they were young.
The Biancos’ neighbors again made Christmas Eve special by lining both sides of Adele and part of Palmer with softly glowing luminaria. Kate Shih played her trumpet and Elna Tymes’s daughter-in-law, Kelly McCoy-Prael, sang carols at intervals during the evening.
The San Francisco Chronicle published an article about the trains in December 2015. The photos were taken by the son of a Monta Loma resident.