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logotransmThe North Raleigh Model Railroad Club (NRMRC) is the N Scale NTRAK model railroad club in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park area, one of the best areas in the USA to live and work.

Founded in 1974, NRMRC members are dedicated to furthering the hobby of N-Scale model railroading through educational activities, community involvement and public displays. The Club models all railroads and welcomes new members, especially newcomers to the hobby. There is always plenty to do and learn, so come and join the fun. Check the Club’s News and Information page for meetings and the next train show in this area.

Visit: http://www.trainweb.org/nrmrc/index.html scenicridge

 
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Video of Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg, the largest model railway in the world and one of the most successful permanent exhibitions in Germany.

Visit: http://www.miniatur-wunderland.com/

 
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It started as a passing fancy of a sort for one South Durhamite — one which came to take up a bit more space in his garage with each passing year: a collection of miniatures that form ghastly and ghoulish villages.

And it drew children from around the neighborhood for the past six years, an ever-larger porcelain portfolio that crowded out cars and lawn-mowers to make space for October’s fun frights.

Now, this spooky hobby has finally outgrown “Wolfman” Tim Gabriel’s home, and found a home this Halloween season at the Museum of Life & Science. Gabriel’s “Halloween Village” opened at the North Durham family favorite today and will be on display until November 1, perched over near the space exhibits in the museum.

Gabriel’s worked throughout the year to find a new home for his exhibition, whose very history is an interesting sidelight for a man who fills his days working in the financial department for IBM down at the Park.

“I’ve always loved Halloween, and I started building a village in my garage, so that the children could enjoy it in my neighborhood,” Gabriel told BCR while he and a crew of family and friends toiled away to set up the village this weekend.

As the display grew — to take up more than 200 sq. ft. in his garage of animated and illuminated Halloween fun — he wanted to find a bigger, better seasonal home for the show.

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Fairgoers and train enthusiasts won’t want to miss the working model train display that will be a new addition to the Flower and Garden Show at this year’s State Fair.

The display is the creation of the N.C. Garden Railroad Society, which has turned a roughly 10-foot-by-40-foot plot of land into a miniature village setting complete with a church, a train depot, a barn, a trestle bridge and other buildings.

The plan is to run two trains during the Fair around the roughly 75 feet of train tracks.

A variety of plants are incorporated into the scene to give the appearance of trees and a natural landscape. Brightly colored ornamental pepper plants with yellow, orange and red fruit give the illusion of trees heavy with fall leaves near the tracks by the church.

Rose bushes are larger “trees” in the setting, joined by lamb’s ears plants, ajuga, a wide variety of sedems, herbs and lime-green ground covers to provide texture and detail to the landscape.

The group included a few whimsical items to complete the scene: an outhouse with a working light and some wallpaper, a broken-down truck and even a dog. People, farm animals, an assortment of cars and a working railroad crossing are also part of the display.

Go to the NCGRRS Web site  to see more photos that show how the train display came together.

Source: http://info.ncagr.com/DeepFried/?p=1878 

 
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Where are the best stores in NC where you can go, run some model trains and purchase the one’s you like? There are so many in the state.

Dry Bridge Station is in Mount Airy, NC. Mount Airy (Mayberry) itself is a pretty special place. For me, add an awesome train store with a cool layout where kids can watch and run some trains and you’ve got a 2nd home! Located right on Main Street in the middle of Downtown Mount Airy, Dry Bridge Station features all scales…O, N, HO, Z and many others. They also carry all the Thomas gear.

Owner, Mike King tells a good story on their website

Trains flowed in my blood early.  Etched in my memory is Daddy’s return from the Pacific in July, 1945.  Perched on a wp5a405a79_0fbaggage cart, I watched the train hiss to a stop.  After much confusion, I was snatched up and hugged by a man in uniform, then a stranger.  In December, my older brother got a train set.  As Daddy and I got acquainted that spring, he would take me to Pomona yard in Greensboro, North Carolina to watch the switching operations while he listened to the baseball game on the radio.  In September 1995, I opened Dry Bridge Station, a model train store.  The seed planted fifty years earlier began to sprout.

Visit the Dry Bridge Station Website!

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By: Mark Gabriel/staff photo

THE NEWLY COMPLETED “town” of Lakey Flats comes complete with railroad tracks as part of a complex model railroad display under construction by the Black Cat Club.
  
   Miniature railroad cars wind around hills, through tunnels and between tiny towns in a large HO model railroad display currently under construction by the Yadkin Valley Chapter of the National Railroad Historical Society, more commonly known as the Black Cat Railroad Club.

   The club is working on the final phase of the display, as they finish a model railroad station complete with turntable and a latticed network of switching tracks.

   “We’re all railroad nuts,” said club member Bob Fink about his fellow members’ passion for the project, currently under way at the club’s headquarters at the former Wilkes Art Gallery on Elizabeth Street in North Wilkesboro.
   “Some of us are just plain nuts,” said member Jim Davenport, laughing. “But that’s OK.”

   The model train display is built entirely in HO scale, the standard for model railroad trains. It comes with miniature buildings, cars and people in model towns called Plexico Junction, which has a power plant; Lakey Flats, which has its own fast food chicken restaurant; and Union Station, with its own central railway station.

   Along the way are model versions of motor vehicle crashes, logs tumbling off a railroad car, an apple orchard with bee gums nearby, and a moonshine still hidden behind some trees.

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The 14th annual Carolina Coastal Railroaders show rolls into New Bern March 7 and 8.

Tracks will be set up at New Bern High School in the cafeteria and gymnasium.

Joe Hofmann of Carolina Coastal Railroaders said at least 10 model railroad layouts will be on display.

He said the layouts with trains running will include:

Onslow Model Railroaders; North Raleigh’s N scale layout; Kinston’s Thomas the Train and Friends; New Bern’s Neuse River Lines; Wayne Gibson’s scale layout; Atlantic Coast “S” Gaugers layout; Brad Carter’s “O’ Gauge carnival setup; Coastal Carolina Garden Railway Society’s “G” scale layout; Eastern Carolina Railroad “O” Gauge and Tidewater Virginia “O” Gauge.

The event will include hourly door prize drawings, food concessions and vendors selling a variety of railroad equipment.

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