The Independent Railroaders Association of the Jamestown and Warren area will observe November as National Model Railroad Month by holding open house tours of several of its members' home model railroads.
They may be visited on Saturday, Nov. 16, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. The public is invited and there is no charge to attend.
Eight layouts will be open for visiting. Of varying sizes and portraying various time periods, they all model American railroad prototypes in realistic 1/87 scale (HO gauge) settings.
On display will be the many artistic, which includes scenery and structures; technological, which includes digital controls and authentic sounds; and historic, which includes a faithful capturing of a time and place skills involved in the hobby. These and other aspects of model railroading attract tens of thousands of adult model train aficionados around the world today.
Many model railroaders got their start with an electric train set that ran in circles around the Christmas tree.
In fact, some hobbyists today still specialize in toy trains, or in large outdoor "garden railroads," a rapidly burgeoning branch of the hobby. The hobbyists whose work will be on display on Nov. 16 fall into the category of "scale" modelers. Their extensive layouts are believable miniature representations of countryside, towns, and cities and the trains that served them carrying passengers and freight.
This is a self-driving tour and one may visit all or just some of the locations. Flyers with descriptions of the layouts and maps for how to reach them will be available after Nov. 9 in Jamestown at Craft World and Action Hobbies, 509 W. Third St., and in Warren at Dreamboat Marine, 21690 Route 6. On Nov. 16, open house day, the flyers will be additionally available at the Jamestown Gateway Train Station, the recently restored Erie Railroad station, on Second Street, one block west of Washington Street in downtown Jamestown.