Thursday, December 1, 2011

Alderson, West Virginia: 4 Dec: Free model train show set for Sunday at city hall in Alderson

From The Register Herald: Free model train show set for Sunday at city hall in Alderson

As a part of Alderson Main Street’s Christmas Homes Tour events, a free model train show will be held at the Council Room of Alderson’s City Hall Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 4, 2011.

Organized by Lee and Tammy Skaggs, the show has become an Alderson tradition.

For the youngest train fans, there will be a “Thomas the Tank Engine” display featuring a small, battery-powered Thomas engine pulling two Christmas cars around a Christmas tree.

For the children of all ages, there will be Santa’s Holiday Express train in “G” scale.

This train is fully animated with elves working on the rail cars and Santa Claus acting as engineer. With all its lights and action, it is sure to delight everyone.

In “HO” scale, the father and son team of Rick and Zachary Burns will be showing their train making its way through a winter wonderland layout.

Dick Pranulis will demonstrate his artistry in a display of his train collection.

In “O” scale, Lee Skaggs will feature his train in a layout which he calls “Christmas in the Country.”

“He has just added a new red barn as a focal point of the layout. Kevin Napier, assisted by sons Brett and Seth, will also show their O scale train. Ten year old Brett said, “Dad, I am so excited that we are a part of this show!”

Reverend Lanny Howe will show his LGB (Lehman Gross Bahn) train. LGB trains are responsible for introducing "G" scale to model railroading. The scale ratio used by LGB is 1:22.5

In addition to the model trains in the Alderson show, Jill Highlander will have her collection of photography featuring trains for viewing and sale. Railroad-themed Christmas decorations and light refreshments will round out the show.

Other activities that afternoon include choral music on the hour, a $5 soup, sandwich and dessert lunch, and a bazaar at Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church; and the tour of Alderson homes decked out in Christmas splendor for which $10 tickets are available at the Historic 1896 C&O Depot.

These events are sponsored by Alderson Main Street and the funds from the Christmas Homes Tour are used for Main Street Projects.

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