Model railroad fans refurbish Pullman car, construct display


January 31, 1995|By SHERRY GRAHAM

Ask any model railroad enthusiast what his trains mean to him and you're likely to hear a variety of answers.

To some, model railroading is an enjoyable hobby or a business interest. For others, it is a way of preserving and recalling history.

The Sykesville and Patapsco Railway is bringing rail and local history to Sykesville.

The group of eight model railroad buffs has worked diligently for more than a year refurbishing a 1910 Chessie Pullman car. The car was obtained through the B&O Railroad Museum and is being leased by the town indefinitely.

When it was pulled to Sykesville, the 90-foot car was in need of some major work. Through private donations, the railway group cleaned the car's interior and repaired the leaky roof.

A coat of blue paint was applied to the car's roof. When warm weather returns, the sides will be scraped and repainted with the Chessie System's colors of blue, gold and gray.

Group members also removed blackout material that covered the car's windows during its stint as a dining car for troops in the first and second world wars.

After completing the necessary structural work on the Pullman car, the Sykesville and Patapsco Railway got down to its true love -- creating and displaying model railroad layouts.

The group is looking forward to sharing railroad and local railroading history with the public when the display opens Sunday.

The Pullman is the home of two model layouts. The Lionel layout was constructed by group members and the second is a donated HO scale layout.

The railway group plans to make monthly changes to the displays to keep them interesting and new displays will be constructed. Through their love of model railroading, group members hope to promote Sykesville's rich railroad history.

The Pullman car is at Baldwin Avenue and Oklahoma Road, next to the Southern States mill in downtown Sykesville.

The car will be open to visitors from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. the first Sunday of each month. Holiday weekends, the public may visit during the same hours the second Sunday. No admission is charged.


The Nature Center at Piney Run Park is offering a workshop tomorrow from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the center. People 16 to adult are invited to create a valentine candle ring using grapevine, moss, dried flowers and leaves.

The cost is $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers. Information and registration: 795-6043.

Also at the center, children in grades three through six can watch a nature film after going on a hike Feb. 10, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

A film entitled "Winter, the Many Worlds of Nature," will be followed by a hike in search of animals and the ways they have adapted to survive. Information: 795-6043.


Girl Scout troops from all over Carroll will gather at Carrolltown Center Saturday for photo day. Photographs will be taken in the center's Community Room from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Final registration for the 1995 Sykesville Community Baseball season will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, at Carrolltown Center. Programs are available for ages 5 to 18; family discounts are available. Information: Rick Vespa at 549-3107.


Children of all ages are invited to participate in a free valentine card-making workshop Feb. 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Community Room at Carrolltown Center.

The workshop is sponsored by Ace Hardware.

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