Model railroad show to be in Quincy Town Center Saturday and Sunday

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QUINCY — The Quincy Society of Model Railroad Engineers will hold a model railroad show in the Quincy Town Center from noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 and from noon-4 p.m. Sunday Dec. 4. The display will be located just east of Pappo’s Pizza.

The show will include three running, portable model railroad layouts running in three gauges: n-gauge, HO gauge and S gauge. The HO gauge layout has won national awards. Workshops will be offered showing how an individual can incorporate scenery and landscaping on their model railroad layouts.

In a press release, society member Chuck Fitch said, “I have a HO gauge layout in my basement that is 26 feet long and 12 feet wide. This is something you work on your entire life and are never finished. You can build a section, decide you do not like it, so take it out an start over.”

The club began meeting in the mid 1970s in the homes of various members. In the late 70s or early 80s, the group began meeting in a room in the basement of the Good Samaritan Home. Before the COVID pandemic, the society held a Christmas open house for approximately 20 years at the home, typically attracting 1,000 people during the two-day event. A permanent model train layout is still located at Good Samaritan.

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