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article imageTruro Model Railroaders Association: A passion for trains Special

By Lynn Curwin     Feb 15, 2012 in Lifestyle
Truro - The Members of the Truro Model Railroaders Association in Nova Scotia, Canada are passionate about their hobby, which they recently shared with others during an open house.
"I've been involved with the association since the late 70s" said Barry Wile, who is the current president of the TMRA. "I worked for the railway as a carman, inspecting and repairing railway cars. I like working with the models. When they go off the track you can just pick them up and put them back on."
He has 72 cars of his own and enjoys showing them to members of the public. He gave many visitors to the open house an opportunity to operate the trains themselves.
The association, which consists of about 15 members (having about 30 at one point), was established in 1977 to promote fellowship and provide an outlet for people to have fun through model railroading. Members gather weekly for work nights or meetings.
Howard MacLellan's father got him is first train.
"When I was four years old I got my first train as a gift," he recalled. "When my father was passing away he gave me some money for a Christmas present and I decided to purchase an engine. I had purchased it as a desk ornament, but I got interested and visited the hobby shop, where I learned about the club. I've now been a member for about 15 years."
An engine owned by Howard MacLellan  of a type which operated out of Truro in 1956.
An engine owned by Howard MacLellan, of a type which operated out of Truro in 1956.
The train passes through the  town .
The train passes through the "town".
Passenger trains are what capture Alan MacPherson's interest, and travellers can be seen through the windows of many of his cars.
"I love passenger trains," he said. "I joined the club because I've always had an interest in trains, and I've been a member for four or five years.
"This hobby is something I plan to stick with until I die."
A VIA train waits at the station.
A VIA train waits at the station.
Because creating and operating a model railway includes a wide variety of skills, including electronics, scenery design and carpentry, an association allows members to pool their areas of expertise and assist one another. The technology available today allows model systems to be operated much like actual railways.
Several structures are located along the tracks.
Several structures are located along the tracks.
It's a hobby which can be entered inexpensively, and enthusiasts can add to their collection at a speed which they find comfortable. It's not necessary to know a lot about models to become involved, as experienced modellers are willing to share their knowledge.
Some members have modules which they take to various shows, where they show off their set ups and have the opportunity to view others.
A CN freight train comes around the corner.
A CN freight train comes around the corner.
Videos of the model trains in action can be seen on the TMR website.
More information on model railroading can also be found on the Model Railroad Hobbyist website.
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