Last year, the Middle Georgia Model Railroad Club will kick off the holiday season with large miniature train displays set-up at the Museum during Thanksgiving week. The “Planes and Trains” Exhibit was open free to the public.
The Century of Flight Building was the site of large operating layouts and other railroad related exhibits. The club had a HO-scale train display that featured 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 switching at modeled industrial sites. A circus area was added last year and has doubled in size this year. The club also had a large N-scale layout which featured a 1950’s drive in theater. There were also 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 was much more extensive with the addition of exhibits from the Southeastern Railroad Museum, Operation Lifesaver, and others. There were commercial vendors with trains and train related items available.
Jim Kerr, spokesman for the railroad club, said “Our club continues to make ‘Planes and Trains’ an even larger display each year and 2014 will be no exception in our continuing effort to make this the largest model railroad event in Middle Georgia.”
Club members were 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.