John Bianco, Ernie’s son, will continue the tradition of running his dad’s model trains from Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve (Dec. 24). Weather permitting, trains will run on five tracks every evening except Mondays from 6:30 to about 9:00 at 2387 Adele Ave. (third house from Thompson Ave.) .
The engines and cars change daily. As many as 100 visitors a night (up to 300 on Christmas Eve) came in past years, including children brought by parents who themselves watched the trains when they were young.
Ernie Bianco also began the Christmas Eve tradition of curbside luminaria (candles in paper bags). Over the years, neighbors added their own, so a row of the softly glowing lights lines Adele.
A 2015 article in the San Francisco Chronicle features photos by James Tensuan, son of neighbor Donna Tensuan.