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December 18, 1997|By Lori Sears Rex Barney exhbit

Model train gardens

Who says only big trains can stop at Penn Station? Through Jan. 6, trains big and small will be on display throughout the lobby of Penn Station, as part of "Holiday Happiness at Penn Station," featuring HO, O and G gauge model trains.

Local media teams have decorated surrounding gingerbread houses in the model train gardens, while students from Baltimore International Culinary College have created scenery. Visitors are invited to vote for their favorite gingerbread house while inspecting the intricate detail of the train gardens. All proceeds from ballots will benefit the Baltimore Ronald McDonald House. Winning houses will be announced Jan. 6. The event is sponsored by the Amtrak Employees Association, the Classic Catering People, Penn Station vendors and model train manufacturers.

The exhibit is on display every day from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Jan. 6 at Historic Penn Station, 1515 N. Charles St. Free admission. Ballots to vote for the winning entries cost $1. Call 410-291-4261.

For more than 20 seasons, Orioles' crowds were kept in the know by the voice of announcer Rex Barney, and his death on Aug. 11 left a void in many fans' hearts. The Babe Ruth Museum has taken steps toward filling this void as it celebrates the opening tomorrow of "Thank Youuuu, Rex: Rex Edward Barney 1924-1997," a new exhibit. Opening on what would have been his 73rd birthday, the exhibit will feature Barney's microphone, scorebook, photos, text and video highlights from his announcing career with the hometown O's, as well as highlights from his playing days as a Brooklyn Dodger (1943 and 1946-1950). The exhibit is sponsored by Rosedale Federal Savings and Loan, for which Barney served as a spokesman. Other contributors include WBAL-Radio, WMAR-TV and former Orioles announcer Jon Miller. The display will remain at the Babe Ruth Museum until its transfer to Camden Station, due to be completed in 1999.

The Babe Ruth Museum's new exhibit "Thank Youuuu Rex: Rex Edward Barney 1924-1997," opens tomorrow. The museum is at 216 Emory St., just two blocks west of Camden Yards, and is open Sunday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for ages 5-16 and free for members and children under 5. Call 410-727-1539, ext. 3015.

Pub Date: 12/18/97

Jarrett Graver

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