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Ford’s Colony Model Train Show Moves to Stryker Center

(Courtesy of Ford’s Colony Model Railroad Club-Photo by Ray Layburn)

WILLIAMSBURG — Ford’s Colony Model Railroad Club is inviting families to check out this year’s Model Railroad Show at the Stryker Center on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and then on Dec. 4 from 1-5 p.m.

For the past 16 years, the Ford’s Colony Model Railroad Club has traditionally hosted its annual show at the James City County Library on Croaker Road. However, Paul Cieurzo, a member of the Ford’s Colony Model Railroad Club, told WYDaily that the annual event has switched locations this year due to the library undergoing renovations.

(Courtesy of Ford’s Colony Model Railroad Club-Photo by Ray Layburn)

“It’s something we do for the community,” said Cieurzo. “This is the second time we’ve done it at the Stryker Center. We had to do it there just before the pandemic because of renovations at the library. That was a very successful show.”

The Ford’s Colony Railroad Club has around 65 members. Since 2005, the show has been organized by the local club. The show’s goal is to entertain and inspire children of all ages with a number of model railroad layouts. The December model railroad show will display various layouts at different scale sizes:

  • N scale – 1:160 (1 inch = 160 inches)
  • HO scale – 1:87
  • S scale – 1:64
  • O scale – 1:48
  • G scale – 1:32

Cieurzo says that the club will feature a total of five layouts: one G, one O, one HO, one S, and one N. These railroad layouts are designed specifically for the show and often include interactive elements.

“Some of them, such as the S and the O scale, will have accessories that the kids love to operate,” said Cieurzo. “Like a live motor, a water tank, or a milk car that unloads. Those are the kind of things that are built into these layouts.”

Last year, an estimated 3,000 people attended the show. The Ford’s Colony Model Railroad Club said that families and all age groups are welcome to attend. Admission is free.

Those seeking more information on the Ford’s Colony Model Railway Club can visit its website. For additional information on upcoming Williamsburg Regional Library events, visit the Williamsburg Regional Library website.

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