WILMINGTON — The Boston Metro Hi Railers Club will have its Spring Open House on Saturday, April 8, from 10am to 4pm, at its clubhouse (5 Waltham Street, Wilmington).
The club will have on display and operating many of the more than 100 engines and 200 passenger and freight cars owned the members and the club.
Admission is $10 per family, $5 for single adults, and children under 10 are free when accompanied by an adult. Refreshment will be available.
What To Expect…
The club will be featuring the New Haven Century Passenger set by MTH and the Family Line CSX freight train set by Lionel, stationed at the newly completed model city of Scranton Pennsylvania.
The New Haven engine is the P32, which was operated by the Connecticut Department of Transportation. It travelled on the Metro North route from Grand Central station to cities in Connecticut like Danbury and Waterbury. It had the most modern NH engine and was a great addition to the state’s train operations.
The second engine picture is the CSX Family Line train that ran from Florida all the way up the East Coast of the United States. It traditionally ran oil tanker freight cars. It also had tanker cars that carried orange juice from Florida up the East Coast. It was the major deliverer of that commodity.
The club will also be displaying the Pennsylvania GG1. This is an electric-operated engine that is used where diesel locomotives or steam engine locomotives are not ideal due to the pollution they create. The GG1 was the featured train in last year’s Lionel model train catalogue. They will be pulling a set of Pennsylvania passenger cars. The observation car at the end of that train is of historic significance in that it was used by President Kennedy and also in 1968 carried Robert Kennedy’s casket from New York to Washington, D.C., for burial.
The club has been working hard to update and complete its major layout. There is a complete Scranton, and club members have added scenery to the mounts, completed work on the coal mine, are close to completing the big trestle bridge, and have a general goal of finishing the entire layout within a year.
The children’s layout has been changed to a large Thomas the Train design. It is colorful and user-friendly for kids. In addition, the club has another layout with mounts for older kids to use when they attend.
For more information, contact Bob Hilliard at 781-944-1794 or visit the club’s website.
(NOTE: The above press release is from the Boston Metro Hi Railers Club.)
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