Model rail­road now on dis­play

The Boyertown Area Times - - FRONT PAGE -

The Her­itage of Green Hills, a healthy life plan com­mu­nity in Shillington, in­vites the pub­lic to a free ex­hi­bi­tion of its com­mu­nity’s vintage model rail­road room, an an­nual invitation that has drawn hun­dreds of vis­i­tors over the years.

The events take place on Satur­day, Dec. 15, and Satur­day, Dec. 22, from 10 a.m. un­til 2 p.m.

Vis­i­tors of any age are in­vited to tour the train room which in­cludes more than 400 feet of track and dozens of vintage trains, guided by Her­itage res­i­dents. New this year is the Read­ing Fair and Fer­ris wheel and more push but­tons to op­er­ate the carousel and Fer­ris wheel.

Light re­fresh­ments and mu­sic will be pro­vided, and young at­ten­dees can visit with Santa. The Her­itage is lo­cated at 200 Tran­quil­ity Lane, just off Mor­gan­town Road/Route 10.

The train room was con­structed en­tirely by Her­itage res­i­dents be­gin­ning in 2009. Many of the trains on dis­play orig­i­nally be­longed to res­i­dent Rod­ney Focht, who re­quested he be given a room for his model trains when he moved to the com­mu­nity in 2009. The dis­play is main­tained by the com­mu­nity’s Model Train Club.

“We think our model train dis­play is one of the finest in the area,” said Focht. “Our an­nual Christmas Rail­road Ex­hi­bi­tion has at­tracted a wide range of vis­i­tors, from young chil­dren to their grand­par­ents. Model trains are a bit of Amer­i­can nostalgia that cap­tures the imag­i­na­tions of vis­i­tors of any age.”

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The Her­itage Train Room fea­tures over 400 feet of tracks and dozens of model trains.

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