Model railroad display adds Valley's steel industry this year


Eleven-year-old Blake Marcum is too young to remember the daily operations at the Mahoning Valley’s once-thriving steel mills, but he enjoyed a small re-creation of how the area’s most central industry functioned.

“It’s a hobby we’ve had for quite a long time,” the Austintown Middle School sixth-grader said, referring to collecting model trains.

Such authentic trains were the main attraction for Blake and brothers Alec and Clayton, 4 and 9, respectively, who came Saturday to the Youngstown Model Railroad Association’s annual open house at Four Mile Run Christian Church, 751 Four Mile Run Road.

The event continues from noon to 6 p.m. today, next weekend and Dec. 7 and 8.

The three boys watched intently as a network of trains went to and past a steel-mill display. The attraction featured replicas of the former Republic Steel and Youngstown Sheet & Tube Corp. complexes, serving as a reminder of what many consider to be the Valley’s golden age of steelmaking.

Read more about the ever-growing display in Sunday's Vindicator or on

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