Record crowds chug on out to model railroad open house in Waynecastle

December 31, 2007|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNECASTLE, Pa. - Members of the Waynesboro Model Railroad Club believe they had record turnout to their open houses this past weekend.

"We've been told this is one of the nicest layouts in the country by people who have seen a lot of them," said Lee Scott, vice president of the club.

Free events are scheduled for three weekends in January.

On Sunday, club members answered questions and controlled the paths of dozens of trains in "N," "HO" and "O" scale. Many of the visitors were children accompanied by parents and grandparents.

"Children from 1 to 2 (years old), you'll see expressions. ... Then we have great-grandparents who love to see the tracks," Scott said.


He said the club had visitors this weekend from Kansas, Arkansas and Georgia because some area residents brought out-of-town holiday guests. Visitors also hailed from all over Pennsylvania and Maryland.

"We expanded our publicity this year to include Harrisburg (Pa.) and Frederick (Md.)," Scott said.

The club, which formed in 1990, works throughout the year to adapt and expand the displays on two stories of the old mill building.

"We have working sessions Tuesday nights where anyone can come and learn what we do," Scott said.

The three weeks leading to this weekend's open houses were spent lubricating and servicing engines, he said.

New features for 2008 include a viewing stand and floor models for children, many of whom grabbed scavenger hunt lists on Sunday.

Jared Brake, 14, became a junior member of the club about two years ago. He has a garden-sized, G-scale set at home, but prefers working with the "N" gauge when with the club.

"It's much smaller and you can put more detail in the track," said Jared, of Waynesboro.

Austin Smith, 13, of Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., checked out the displays for his first time.

"They're amazing," he said.

"They're awesome," said Jayson Barnhart, 12, of Cashtown, Pa.

Austin, Jayson and Jayson's 8-year-old brother, Noah, best liked a silver engine chugging through a tunnel upstairs.

"It's the color of it. It's really modern looking," Austin said.

The three boys said they would recommend that others visit the displays.

"It's cool and it's different," Jayson said. "You don't see this every day."

If you go

What: Waynesboro Model Railroad Club open houses

When: 1 to 5 p.m. Jan. 5, 6, 19, 20, 26 and 27; snow dates, Feb. 2 and 3

Where: Pa. 16 at Waynecastle Road, west of Zullinger

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