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Model Railroad Club to host open house

BY: Tiffany Monde, Tonawanda Source | January 16, 2013

TONAWANDA - From noon to 5 p.m. Jan. 19, 20, 26 and 27 the Model Railroad Club of Buffalo is hosting its 2013 open house.

They are inviting anyone who would like to come and see the remodeled tracks and the construction of the new tracks to join them these two weekends, this is also a great way for people who are looking to join to get a feel for the club.

“On the HO Scale side we will have trains running from the 1950’s up until now and on the O-Scale side we will have a display of the track placement of how it’s going to look when it’s done as well as construction photos of what we have been doing,” said Ken Leaver, Jr. director of publicity.

If you are interested in constructing your own tracks, they are planning demonstrations on how to construct a layout by showing how they are building on the O-Scale side.

He said they are also looking forward to showing off the progress they have made on the HO Scale along with the scenery and structure they have put in since their remodel began three and a half years ago.

If you are looking to join the club you can grab an application to fill out at the open house. Before someone officially joins the club they have a three month trial period to make sure they are committed to being at meetings and coming down to the club at least every other week.

“Right now we only have about 12 active members and on paper we about 15 to 18. Some members still pay their dues but for health reasons can’t make it out that often,” said Leaver. “Our ideal number would be about twice that size. It’s difficult to maintain a layout of their size without more man power.”

The open house is $5 for families, $2 for adults, and children under 6 years old are free. The club is located at the Boys and Girls club of Tonawanda, 54 Riverdale Ave., Tonawanda.

“Anyone and everyone who is interested in trains is welcome to come out, you don’t have to be in the hobby, and it’s good for kids if they want to come up and watch,” said Leaver.

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