John Bianco, Ernie’s son, will continue the tradition of running his model trains from Thanksgiving through Christmas Day. Weather permitting, trains will run every evening except Mondays and Tuesdays on Adele Ave. from 6:30 to about 9:00.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, trains will run on the upper tracks only, in and out of the windows. There will be no tracks or trains on the lawn.
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 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.