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Model train exhibit comes to Hampton for fourth year
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Main Street Director Candy Franklin shows a picture of a train as it stopped at the old train depot in the late 1800s.
Staff / Joe Livingston
Main Street Director Candy Franklin shows a picture of a train as it stopped at the old train depot in the late 1800s.
Train enthusiasts will have their meeting place in Hampton soon — the model train exhibit, sponsored by the Middle Georgia Railroad Club, will visit the city on Saturday and Sunday.

The exhibit will be stationed at the Hampton Train Depot on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Admission is free for all attendees. The museum at the train depot, featuring city memorabilia, will also be open for perusal.

“This is the fourth year hosting the model trains at the depot,” Main Street Director Candy Franklin said. “We had it for one day the first and second year. Last year we had it for two days, and this year we will as well.”

Featured displays will exhibit large HO-scale and N-scale model trains in motion through landscape scenes with buildings, cars, bridges and rivers.

Reproductions of locomotives and freights that ran on the Warner Robins Air Force base will also be present for attendees to observe.

Railroad club members will be on-hand to answer any questions about the trains and about train hobbyists in general.

The exhibit originally came to the city through connections a past employee made with the group members, Franklin said.

Set-up for the exhibit is extensive, as the Middle Georgia Railroad Club members arrive a full day in advance of when the exhibit opens to the general public.

“They will come in on Friday starting at 9 or 10 a.m.,” Franklin said. “It takes them probably about five or six hours to set up.”

She said a couple hundred attend the exhibit each year, and for her, it has been an eye-opening experience.

“I have gotten to meet so many interesting people,” she said. “When people hear that we are having they exhibit, they come from all over to attend.”

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