Saturday at the club’s headquarters at the old Glen Carbon firehouse/city hall at 180 Summit St. — up the hill in Old Town. The event is free and open to the public. Metro East Model Railroad Club’s Bob Gibson has welcomed guests at many open houses and looks forward to the next one he said. The events draw good-sized crowds as trains are a draw, regardless of age. “Kids love trains — parents kind of do, too,” Gibson said. “It’s a nice family event and it’s free.” Electric model trains have been around for more than 100 years. Among collectors Lionel and American Flyer trains and accessories, especially pre-World War II pieces, are prized. The layout features both industrial and rural areas and a section hearkens back to Glen Carbon’s past. Model trains come in a number of sizes, from Z-scale (the smallest) to G-scale (most commonly used in outdoor garden displays). About 60 percent of model railroading is HO-scale, and N-scale accounts for another 30 percent. In addition, one of the locomotives is equipped with a video camera and its journey around the track is projected on an overhead television screen.
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