Thursday, October 18, 2012

Local group receives grant to continue work on model railroad

From White Mountain Independent:  Local group receives grant to continue work on model railroad

SHOW LOW — The Silver Creek Railroaders, who built and maintain a model railroad at the Show Low Museum, have received a grant so they can continue to develop the railroad.
The group learned from the Show Low Historical Society Oct. 4 they had received the grant from the Arizona Historical Society in the amount of $1,500. Silver Creek Railroaders Superintendent Dean Cramblit said the grant funds will allow the group to add a display depicting the railroad along Route 66 and mining and related industries in northern Arizona.
Planning for changes to the existing display are already in progress, such as additional track, new scenery, buildings, background paintings and locomotives and rail cars relevant to mining. The group will also make improvements to the electrical system running the display.
This is the second year in a row the Silver Creek Railroaders have received a grant from the Arizona Historical Society. In 2011, the group received a $1,250 grant for the development, construction and operation of the Last Train to Maverick display. A portion of the club room now contains representations of the town of McNary, its lumber mill and tracks to the lumber town of Maverick.
Much of the display is handmade by club members, including scenery, buildings and rail cars. Members continue to add details to the display, such as the sound of a lumber mill. The Apache Railway is a main point of the Last Train to Maverick display, assisted with a donation from the railway that still runs trains from Snowflake to Holbrook.
The display can be seen at the Show Low Museum, located at 561 E. Deuce of Clubs, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Club members are on hand every Wednesday and Saturday working on the model railroad. The group also frequently hosts large groups of school children throughout the region to show off their work.

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