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Railroad museum open house set

The Sheboygan Society of Scale Model Railroad Engineers is hosting its Summer Open House, Train Show and Brat Fry, Saturday and Sunday, July 20th and 21st. This family friendly event will be held at the Sheboygan Railroad Museum, 1001 N. 10th St., Sheboygan, from 9:00am to 4:00pm each day.

Founded in 1977, the group owns the museum building, and has had, as its primary purpose, the preservation of railroad history, both prototype and models. To that end, it has amassed a large collection of railroad antiques, some dating back more than 100 years.

In addition to the large railroad artifacts on display, there are model railroads in five different scales from the tiny N scale to G scale. One of them, for example, replicates what a typical Lionel layout would have looked like in the mid 50s. An HO layout represents Sheboygan in the mid to late 1960’s. Each has a particular theme in mind, and will show just how railroads serve in various areas of the country.

Occupying two levels, the large HO scale layout is operated completely by computer, using software especially programmed for it. The two levels are connected by an operational helix that allows the trains to travel between the levels. A lot of electrical upgrades have also been done to the scenery including lighting for the round house.

The Society is celebrating its 42nd year of providing model railroading opportunities for young and old alike. Your ongoing support of these projects helps preserve model railroading for future generations. As always, admission is FREE but donations are welcome.

There will be an interactive area for small children to enjoy themselves along with a Brat Fry for those who just can’t seem to get enough of that traditional summer fare. For more information, see the Society’s website at http://www.sssmre.org or our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sssmre.

The members of the museum look forward to demonstrating the construction and operation  process of the “World’s Greatest Hobby”, model railroading. Questions can be directed to the Museum at 920-783-6248.

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