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Preschoolers Gavin, Ansel, Ewan, Chloe, Henry, Lincoln and Brecken listened to stories about trains and watched the O-scale train run on the NMRHA layout.

NMRHA Demonstration at Crosslake Area Library

Web posted April 22, 2014
The Northern Minnesota Railroad Heritage Association (NMRHA), also known as Northern Trackers, set up one of their model train layouts at the Crosslake Area Library on April 9, 2014 for the Preschool Story Hour. Before operating the train, story-teller/facilitator Andrea Martin read a couple of stories about trains to the children, aged 3-6 years (and one baby). The children were accompanied by their parents or grandparents. Andrea leads the Preschool Story Hour group each week, assisted by library volunteer Phyllis McAfee.

It was fun for the children who attended the story hour to see the O-scale train run on the layout, to make the whistle blow and to make the crossing sign light up. The parents and grandparents asked questions about how the layout was built and about the NMRHA train club, while the children jumped up and down in excitement, watching the train go round. Raffle tickets are available to win the train pictured above. The tickets are being sold at the club for $5 each and the raffle drawing will be held in early December 2014.

The Northern Trackers model railroad club invites everyone to visit the club in Crosslake. There are several trains and layouts for visitors to see, and an O-gauge train that children can operate. Club members will provide information and answer questions about the trains, layouts, and there are displays about the history of railroading in Minnesota.

A scale model of the 1862 Wm Crooks locomotive is on display outside the club, in which children can sit and explore. It’s a great photo op. Kids and adults can do a scavenger hunt indoors to find items on the HO layout. A restored railroad telegraph is also on display, and visitors can learn to send messages using Morse code.

The club is open to the public all year on Saturdays (10am-2pm); and will be open on Sundays (noon – 3pm) and on Wedneday nights (4-7pm) from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Come and see the trains and learn about railroading in MN! And, all people who love model trains and train history are invited to join the Club.

The Northern MN Railroad Heritage Association (NMRHA) is located at 35170 Cty Road 3, just south of Crosslake. For more information or to set up a special tour call 218-692-1900.

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