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by Tom Joyce
Trains have held a fascination for Mike King since he was 3 years old, but his professional involvement with them soon will end when King closes his model-train store in downtown Mount Airy.

Since September 1995, Dry Bridge Station has been a popular stop for railroading enthusiasts in Surry County and other parts of North Carolina and Virginia.

Those venturing into the business on North Main Street have encountered a miniature world of locomotives, freight and passenger cars, tracks, buildings and scenery — helping them pursue a widespread interest dating to the mid-1850s when trains first steamed into American culture.

However, shelves at Dry Bridge Station have become a little emptier in recent days due to King reducing his inventory in anticipation of the store’s closing, the date of which had not been set as of Tuesday.

Although he has a lifelong interest in trains, King said he decided to retire from the store that he has operated with the help of Beulah Whitaker, its only full-time employee.


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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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