More than a hundred tables of items on sale at model train sale

November 26, 2011|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD |
  • Charles Peele of Winchester, Va., peeks at some vintage train cars Saturday at train show at Washington County Agricultural and Education Center.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

Dan Danzberger was a young boy when the Cumberland Valley Railroad station on Penncraft Avenue in Chambersburg, Pa., was torn down.

"I can barely remember the station being there," Danzberger said at Saturday's model train sale hosted by the nonprofit Hagerstown Model Railroad Museum Inc. at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center south of Hagerstown.

Demolished in the 1960s, the station featured an elevated boarding area between the tracks on what is known as the Chambersburg "high line."

A "scratch-built" model of the station and the elevated embankment built for the railroad's main line through Chambersburg is a "work in progress" in Danzberger's garage.

With little memory of the station, Danzberger said he's using old photographs as a reference in hopes of building a "reasonable facsimile" of the structure in his "man cave/train room" that houses the 11-foot-by-14-foot train layout in HO-scale.

Danzberger was among dozens of people at Saturday's sale who were perusing more than 100 tables of merchandise, which primarily related to the world of model trains, but also included model cars and other items.

Danzberger had purchased two locomotives and a railcar kit before leaving the show.

Cindy Bouch of Gerrardstown, W.Va., left the show with a model flatbed railroad car carrying Farmall tractors. She was Christmas shopping and purchased the item for her father, Donald Smith.

"He actually just collects the tractors," Bouch said.

Held three times each year, the sale is a fundraiser for the museum's ongoing work to restore and maintain Antietam Station, a historic rail station in Sharpsburg that was built in 1911, said Frank Schaller, the organization's incoming president.

"We're working on putting spouting on the whole way around the (century-old) building, and inside, we're building train layouts," Schaller said.

Schaller said the group hopes to have the station open more often throughout the year in the next couple of years. The organization currently has a series of Sunday open house events at the beginning of each year.

"We have to do a real cleanup job (before opening it up more often)," Schaller said.

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