So, I've learnt that an important "figure" in the model train world lived in Monterey, and nowadays there's a posse of model train folks working in Salinas. They are occupying the "Railway Express Building" in exchange for restoring it. From what I can glean from the website, they are building a giant model of the Monterey and Salinas Valley Railroad in this building. They have an open house with workshops now and then. One is this Saturday, so my Installation Art TA and I are gonna go check it out, and talk to these train folks. Here's a picture of the in-progress model, from the MSVRR website.