Edward A. Weinel, 96, accounting supervisor

December 23, 2003

Edward A. Weinel, an accounting supervisor with the Western Maryland Railway who was known for his Christmas train gardens, died of heart failure Saturday at Pickersgill Retirement Community in Towson. He was 96, and formerly a longtime resident of Govans.

A Baltimore native, Mr. Weinel joined Western Maryland Railway in the late 1920s. Although laid off at times in the Depression era, he worked 40 years for the railroad before retiring in 1972.

Mr. Weinel's railroad interests dated to 1912 when, as a 5-year-old, he received his first model train - a German-made set. As he grew older, he built train sets to include highways and drive-in theaters, all of which he would share in displays for the community.

"He just always loved trains," said his son, Bruce Weinel, who continues the train tradition - and uses the first set his father had in his display.

Mr. Weinel's wife of 57 years, the former Jessie Calvert, died in 1986.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, 6500 York Road.

In addition to his son, Mr. Weinel is survived by five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. His eldest son, Edward Weinel, died in 1992.

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