Model trains return to library

Dec 15, 2013
Photo by: Ann Harris A section of the new train display at Thomaston Public Library includes a model house and shed.

Thomaston — Thomaston Public Library is fortunate to display, once again, the model trains of Neil Shively and Leroy Jones, with contributions from Henry Groth. This year's display has been embellished with little streetlights, lit train interiors, additional backdrop and photos and much more. The display will be in place through January.

The photos on display include a view of the Grafton West Virginia rail yard; a photo from Railpace magazine showing a B&O coal train; and a photo of a Berkshire steam locomotive owned by Groth. Also on the upper level are four scales of model trains on display: a "live" steam locomotive is represented in the G scale; an Amtrack train in the O scale; a B&O freight train in the HO scale; and an Alaska RR train in the N scale.

The lower level scene depicts a small town with both freight and passenger rail service during the 1950s and ‘60s. The passenger train is stopped at the station where it connects with a local self-propelled car, known as a Budd Car, manufactured by Budd corporation. The yellow car is a Sperry Railcar, owned by Sperry Railservice and used to inspect rail track.

Everyone is invited to stop by and see this new and improved display. Thomaston Public Library is located at 60 Main St./Route 1 in the old Thomaston Academy building. Parking and building access are located at the rear.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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