Model trains set for display in Grand Rapids | News

For Duane and Ginny Frahm, Ken Godwin and Niels Henriksen, model railways are very serious business.

We all remember the days when a model train was in some form part of our lives. The sound of the locomotive, the functionality of the cars and the endless arrangements of track and landscaping that led us to the model railroading hobby.

For members of the Western Mesabi Model Railway Club, it is far more. It’s childhood memories, it’s the connection between siblings and friends. These people almost accidentally got around a simple model railroad exhibit that caught the attention of local historian Lilah Crowe. In a conversation that followed, Crowe convinced the friends to start the Model Railroad Club to build a railroad club that is a bit unique given the region’s mining history.

You use the individuality of each member and put together different railway layouts, which however mark the talents of each club member. It’s an interesting arrangement. Unlike most clubs, each member can present their own thoughts and talents, which is evidenced by their displays.

This exquisite model train display is on public display in the Event Center in Pokegama Plaza, just behind McDonald’s. Admission is free and several displays are available for viewing.

The screenings will take place on Saturday, November 6th, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, December 4th, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; and Monday, December 6th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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