For the 7th year, the Middle Georgia Model Railroad Club will kick off the 2013 holiday season with large miniature train displays set-up at the Museum during Thanksgiving week. The “Planes and Trains” Exhibit will be open free to the public from Saturday, November 22 to Sunday, November, 30 except for Thanksgiving Day, November 27, when the Museum will be closed for the holiday.
The Century of Flight Building will be the site of large operating layouts and other railroad related exhibits. The club will have a HO-scale train display that will feature up to 9 trains running continuously on 3 main lines through landscape scenes with miniature buildings, cars, bridges, rivers, buildings and an airport. Additional trains will be doing switching at modeled industrial sites. A circus area was added last year and has doubled in size this year. The club will also have a large N-scale layout which also features a 1950’s drive in theater. There will also be an O-scale Lionel layout, where railroad cars experience “hot box” fires, a Christmas Village (on 30 scale), a Thomas the Tank Engine layout on Sodor Island, a modern train on the World’s Greatest Hobby layout, and a large G-scale floor display. The Museum “Planes and Trains” display will be much more extensive with the addition of exhibits from the Southeastern Railroad Museum, Operation Lifesaver, and others. There will also be commercial vendors with trains and train related items available on the 23rd and 24th of November.
Ed Lusk, spokesman for the railroad club, said “Our club continues to make ‘Plans and Trains’ an even larger display each year and 2013 will be no exception in our continuing effort to make this the largest model railroad event in Middle Georgia.”
Club members will be on hand to answer questions about model trains and the hobby of model railroading. The Middle Georgia Model Railroad Club has been around since the 1970s and currently has about 30 members. The Club holds a public meeting at the IHOP restaurant, 2710 Watson Boulevard, Warner Robins on the third Tuesday of every month and invites anyone interested in learning about model railroading to come to the meeting. For more information on the club visit their web site at http://mgmrc.org/or address questions to email firstname.lastname@example.org.