Trains chug through the Monongalia Valley Railroad Historical Society open house

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Bringing together history and a time old hobby, The Monongalia Valley Railroad Historical Society set up their best model trains for an entertaining and educational holiday open house.

“A lot of people grew up watching trains go by their houses and even today there’s still a lot of trains running iN West Virginia and people like to sometimes see the miniature version of the real thing,” said Gary Deavers, a society member.

“With model trains you have, not only the model building itself but you learn about operations, you can learn about art, you can learn about scenery, electronics, carpentry. It’s just a very multi-faceted hobby,” said Deavers.

The society hopes that by seeing the model trains in person, guests will grow interested in the hobby and also learn a little of the history of trains in the state.

“We’re trying to keep the railroad history of this area of West Virginia alive, and our model railroads help us do that,” Rich Henderson, society membership director.

“It’s very important, just for the history of our organizations. We’ve been in service now for about three years. We live on donations, a non-profit organization,” said Clarence Lemelle, society president

Many of the pieces on display come from donations from the community. Train enthusiasts can even stop by to pick up some collectors items.

“We hold three open houses a year. We hold one at Christmas, one in the spring and one before labor day for back to school. If you get a chance to out to our open house please do, we love to share our hobby with people ,” said Deavers.

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