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Train exhibit stationed at museum through Dec. 28

November 19, 2013

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A past Stoney Creek Model Railroad Club exhibit at the Rochester Hills Museum showcases trains with various sceneries.

A model train exhibit is rolling into the Rochester Hills Museum Nov. 29-Dec. 28, and Museum Supervisor Patrick J. McKay hopes those who venture out to see this important form of transportation learn its past, along with the city’s history.

“We always say that the arrival of the train in 1872 is probably the most significant event in Rochester’s history because of its impact on transportation. So that is one way for us to talk about trains — by having a model train layout at the museum,” McKay said.

A local organization, the Stoney Creek Model Railroad Club, will turn the Dairy Barn into a model train exhibit, with members on hand to run the trains and share their enthusiasm for all things that go “choo-choo.”

“When we are running the trains and railroad, we are always asking questions,” Roger Teri, of the Stoney Creek Model Railroad Club, said. “It is kind of a thing to generate interest in the hobby, and it is just plain entertaining.”

The 2-by-4-foot train exhibit will feature trains traveling high and low past countrysides and cities, over bridges and through tunnels, with each module telling a different story, according to museum information.  A camera on the engine will show the engine’s-eye-view of the trip.

Teri said the railroad club, around since 1969, meets on a monthly basis in various members’ homes to see and discuss their love of model trains.

“Model railroading is still a pretty active hobby, depending on what you are interested in,” he said.

“Teri added that he hopes the exhibit will encourage others to get on board with model trains.

“I look at it as young dads in their 30s that would want to get their sons or their daughters into the hobby,” he said. “It is just plain entertaining. The kids love it.”

He added that, obviously, not only children love the model trains, evident by the club and its members.

“It’s a bunch of old guys that like to play with trains,” he laughed.

The museum is located on 1005 Van Hoosen Road.

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