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|Lake model railroaders plan 5th annual open house|
Herbert Cosby’s extensive HO layout features lengthy trains running through highly detailed towns and mountain scapes. Digital command and control operation adds to the realism as trains creep around over 500 feet of ballasted track.
"Charity Chug," a model railroad house-to-house tour, will be hosted this year by members of the Smith Mountain Lake Model Railroad Group on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 8 and 9 from 1 to 5 p.m.
The event, now in its fifth year, provides an opportunity for area residents to check out several extensive model railroad displays in the Smith Mountain Lake area. Visitors to the layouts are encouraged to make donations to benefit Lake Christian Ministries' (LCM) "A Child's Christmas" initiative.
"We know from past years that adults really enjoy seeing these displays, most of which are museum quality," said event organizer Dave Phelps. "But for many, the real treat is bringing along some of the children in their lives -- family members, neighbors, whomever."
"The Charity Chug has become a two-day event, making it easier for people to fit it around other commitments on their weekend calendars," Phelps added. "Two days also lets us have more area model railroaders put their craftsmanship on display."
Detailed directions to the five layouts are available on the Lake Christian Ministries website, www.LCM-Moneta.org. All layouts are open both days, so visitors must follow directions for the day that they choose to attend.
"This will be the first display year for some of the layouts, and visitors will also get to see the progress that's been made on others they may have visited in prior years," said Jerry Hale, who first proposed using the Smith Mountain Lake Model Railroad Group's member layouts to benefit children five years ago. "LCM welcomed the idea and has been a partner in the effort ever since."
"The Charity Chug is an important fundraiser for us," said LCM Director Mike Bond. "It comes at a time when there is so much we want to do to help the underprivileged children in our area. We appreciate the efforts of the model railroaders and the generosity of those who visit their layouts."