The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


November 26, 2011

Model train display draws more than 300

— MILTON — Milton just keeps on “chugging” along.

Just ask any of the more than 300 visitors the town drew to witness the Milton Model Train Museum on the top floor of the Milton Moose Family Center.

The model train set up is so detailed, it bewildered children as they stared at the incredible detail.

Though not a complete depiction, the display was meant to mimic the downtown area of Milton circa 1950.

The fourth annual Christmas open house at the museum started this weekend and runs every Saturday and Sunday through the end of December — except for Christmas Day. The event is sponsored by the Moose and The Improved Milton Experience.

The setup is also on display at different times during the year and on special occasions.

“It’s so great to see all these people,” said museum member Barry Mabus.

“It is so rewarding to see the faces of the children. And I mean even the 90-year-old children.”

Mabus said two-days-a-week volunteers work on the display, and when they get

to show it off, everyone smiles.

“Look around,” he said. “Look at all the people just enjoying themselves.”

With more than 950 feet of track on a platform that is 20.5 by 56 feet, there’s plenty of room for trains, buildings and characters.

“I didn’t think this was that big,” said 11-year old Emma Burrows, of Milton. “It’s really cool to see.”

Emma’s brother, Luke was also impressed as the siblings said it was their first time in attendance.

“This is really neat,” Luke Burrows said. “I think they did a great job.”

One by one, people poured into the Milton Moose and stood in awe at the creation.

“What an amazing piece of art work here,” said Andrew Hoak, of Maryland. “We came up just to see this.”

When asked if the model was complete, Mabus laughed.

“This will always be an ongoing project,” he said. “This is a labor of love.”

For more information, contact the TIME office at 742-7000.

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