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The Mon Valley Railroad Historical Society will host a back to school open house on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 25, from noon to 4 p.m.

It’s that time of year again. Students of all ages are heading back to school.

The Mon Valley Railroad Historical Society, Inc., located at 128 Pleasant Street in Morgantown, W.Va., will open its doors for a model railroad extravaganza. The open house will take place on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 25, from noon to 4 p.m.

Come see steam and diesel locomotives pulling heavy freight up steep mountain grades. Watch a coal train snake through winding curves past the mine and company town. Follow a passenger train as it pauses at towns both large and small to pick up travelers. Relive the exciting times of railroading in 1950s era West Virginia. A new farm scene greets you as you enter. We have a new horse farm and have been working all summer on a new coal mine.

The Mon Valley Railroad Historical Society has the largest HO scale model railroad in North Central West Virginia, with almost 700 feet of mainline. It is based on how the real railroads operated in West Virginia. The fictitious railroad is called the Cumberland, Blackwater & Ohio Railroad. Its nickname is the “West Virginian.” The railroad stretches across the state with connections to Cumberland, Md., in the east and Cincinnati, Ohio, in the west.

Enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery, the coal mine and mining town, small streams, farms and quaint towns. In addition to the large permanent layout, we will also be operating our modular layout with two additional trains.

The Historical Society has a program for kids of all ages called “Be a Visiting Engineer.” For a $5 donation, they can run one of their trains for 20 minutes with the assistance of a member.

There will be a Chinese auction, model railroad videos, railroad music and a White Elephant table with all kinds of model railroad items for sale. This year, there will also be a large collection of Lionel trains for sale. Refreshments will be sold. Free magazines, railroad postcards, tourist railroad and hobby shop information.

Admission is free and donations are kindly accepted.

So, all aboard for a weekend of model railroading fun at the Back To School Model Railroad Open House.

For more information call Rich Henderson at 304-276-1046 and learn more about the Mon Valley Railroad Historical Society at mvrrc.org. The Mon Valley Railroad Historical Society, Inc. is a 501(c)(3)tax exempt educational/charitable organization.

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