Model railroaders Warren Yohe, of Troy, left, and Kent Aughe, of Royal Oak, stand in front of Yohe’s train set in his basement, which depicts Copper County in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in the 1900s. It is open to the public as part of the National Model Railroad Association North Central Region North Central Crossing 2019 Convention.

Model railroaders Warren Yohe, of Troy, left, and Kent Aughe, of Royal Oak, stand in front of Yohe’s train set in his basement, which depicts Copper County in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in the 1900s. It is open to the public as part of the National Model Railroad Association North Central Region North Central Crossing 2019 Convention.

Photo by Deb Jacques


Get on board with model train show at the Troy Community Center

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published October 30, 2019

 Warren Yohe, of Troy, works on his train setup.

Warren Yohe, of Troy, works on his train setup.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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TROY — Troy resident Warren Yohe admits he’s “got it bad.”

Lucky for him, his wife, Sue, is on board with his model train hobby.

Yohe will share his model train setup with those who attend the North Central Crossing 2019 Convention for the National Model Railroad Association North Central Region and opt to take one of the 40 self-guided tours of home setups, which will feature a stop at his home in Troy.

The convention will be held Nov. 7-10 at the Troy Community Center, 3179 Livernois Road. There will be six operating train layouts on-site that the public may view for free 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 8-9 at the community center.

Yohe said his basement railroad (he also has one on his patio, which he only runs in the warm weather) depicts a mineral range and a copper mine in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in 1900.

Now retired, Yohe earned an engineering degree from Michigan Technological University. “Thirty years ago, I got the idea to model the mines and do research to find out what the mines and railroads were like,” he said. He started his setup in his Troy home in 1991.

Yohe serves as secretary for the South Oakland County Model Railroad Club, based in Hazel Park.

“You can get really into the electronics or specialize in the scenery or buildings,” he said. “All require different skills. When you get a club, you get them all together.”

Kent Aughe serves as secretary of the Clinton River Division of the National Model Railroad Association. His division meets on the third Thursday of each month at Troy Christian Chapel, 400 E. Long Lake Road.

“One of the real joys of the hobby is getting together with other modelers, to learn from them and the camaraderie,” Aughe said.

He noted that there will be 26 clinics offered at the convention.

The charge for nonmembers to attend the full four days is $80. Spouses and significant others may attend for free with one paid admission. First-time attendees are eligible for a $30 rebate. The one-day rate is $35.

For additional information and online registration, visit ncr-nmra.org.

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