A train show hosted by the Frankfort United N-Track Model Railroad Club this past weekend not only benefited the Fisher Elementary School Parent - Teacher Organization, but also served as a reminder of America's long-standing love affair with the railroad.
“The train show can help kids become involved in an activity that teaches them business and allows them the freedom to be creative with 3D art,” FunTrack member Brian King said on Sunday.
King added Gene Beirne, FunTrack member and interim superintendent of the Mohawk Central School District, originally came up with the idea to have the show at the elementary school.
“Last May was the last time we had a train show for the anniversary of the Golden Spike, but at that time we only had a two train layout. This year we were able to show a few more, including a 2 N scale model, the smallest two gauge, which is 265 inches in real life, HO layout and O gauge,” said Beirne.
Many of the train styles on display varied from the early 1900s to the current time period.
“Several of mine are on display from 1912 to 1927,” Beirne said on Sunday.
“We really wanted more people here this year. Unfortunately the weather worked against us, but there are some children here and they really enjoy the trains. Next year will try to aim for better weather and a bigger show,” he added.
Retired Fisher Elementary School teacher Carol Longwell said her grandson had heard about the train show in school and since then wanted to go. “Both of my grandsons love the show. They both went to one a while ago and really enjoyed it, so I know they’re happy to be here,” she said.
Not only were the trains on display for children, but adults got in on the action as well.
Train collector Norm Mcknight, of Mohawk said he really enjoys train shows and is considering displaying his own collection at the next FunTrack show.
“I’ve got trains from the 1940s to 1950s, as well as an O scale train set,” he said.
Tami Grygiel, of Mohawk, said she really liked seeing the train displays and while she was at the elementary school she realized her grandson might like them as well.
“I think my grandson would of had fun here. Next time I’ll have to bring him along,” she said.
The FunTrack sponsored show will take place on April 20 and 21 at the Masonic Temple at 118 Morgan St. in Ilion. Donation will be $3 for adults and $2 for children, or $10 maximum per family. The show will feature operating train layouts in G, N and O scales. Refreshments will be available.