Saturday, November 26, 2011

Sebring, OH: Sebring Model Railroad Club

Introducing the Sebring Model Railroad Club:

The Sebring Model Railroad Club knows a thing or two about model trains. For starters, the group has built a 3,000-foot layout in the Sebring Station, which it owns. The club is celebrating National Model Railroad Month by holding its annual open house, which started Saturday and will continue this weekend at its clubhouse, a former Pennsylvania Railroad Station. People come from across Ohio and Pennsylvania to view their exhibit, said Dennis Sautters, club president. Sautters of Canton said model trains “fascinate people. At one time, the railroad played a very important role in our country.”

By The Numbers
63 Years the Sebring Model Railroad Club has existed. It began in a garage in Salem. The club — and the model railroad — grew. So much so, the club purchased Sebring Station in order to expand. “The garage was fine for a nice start,” Sautters said. “But more people wanted to join.”

37 Years the club has owned the train station. “One thing that’s good about our place is we own it,” Sautters explained. “We invite people to our open house each year so they can see what we’ve accomplished. Each year we are adding to it. Our club members vote on any changes we make to the model railroad.”

40 People belong to the model railroad club. “Most everyone has some kind of model train, and many of them got started from visiting our layout,” Sautters said. “We have a great place here to run model trains. It is bigger and better than my layout at home.”

1,750 Square feet the model railroad occupies within the Sebring Station. Club members meet Sunday afternoons and Tuesday evenings to work on the model. “Some people are good at electrical, others at scenery,” Sautters said. “It’s kind of diverse. Everyone brings something different to the table.”

WHAT: Sebring Model Railroad Club
WHERE: Sebring Station, 216 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Sebring, Ohio
HOURS: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sundays - Noon to 5:00 PM
Tuesdays - 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

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