Holiday Trains and Planes model exhibit at the College Park Aviation Museum
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"My favorite is the Union Pacific," said Sean Nowak, 6, of Catonsville, Md. "I like passenger more than freight."
The Holiday Trains and Planes model railroad exhibit at the College Park Aviation Museum had a little of both during its finale Saturday. The display, which opened Dec. 19, was sponsored by the National Capital Trackers, a group of model railroad enthusiasts who have staged train shows for more than 15 years in the Washington, D.C. area.
"Each member has their own personal module," said club vice president Tony Duncanson, referring to the variety of downsized replica trains, tunnels, buildings and people that comprise the display. "The only thing that belongs to the club are the corners."
The Trackers have been doing holiday shows at the aviation museum since 2003, when the club needed a new venue after a snow storm collapsed half the roof of the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore.
"It's not weird for us to be at an aviation museum," said Richard Myers, the club track master. "The B&O Railroad was a major reason the Wright Brothers sold their planes to the Army. They unloaded all their equipment right outside."
Duncanson said the purpose of the show is to generate holiday spirit.
"Kids have fun. We have fun," he said. "We get to provide our services to the community, entertain and promote the hobby."
The National Capital Trackers took down their exhibit at the museum Saturday evening. A similar show will run until Sunday at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore.