Charlie Wood was 4 when he got his first Lionel model train set in 1939.
He still has the set, a steam engine “with a whistle,” a tanker, box car and caboose, and he is still playing with model trains.
Wood, of Hartford, is one of a number of Youngstown Model Railroad Association members on hand to talk knowledgeably about model trains and layouts with guests at the organization’s 2012 Model Train annual open house at 751 N. Four Mile Run Road at the corner of Raccoon Road.
That first set cost $9.75 in the catalogue, said Wood, who is president of the Great Lakes Division of the Train Collectors Association that runs periodic swap meets.
The Youngstown Model Railroad Association is one of the few clubs that display both O and HO scales of model railroads, said its president, Jim Pope of Berlin Center. Each layout has more than 100 miles of track.
The open house is from noon to 6 p.m. today, next Saturday and Sunday, and Dec. 1, 2, 8 and 9. A $3 donation per person is requested. Children under 12 are admitted free.
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