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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.

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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.


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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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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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