Aledo - Mercer County Branch Line proposed

Cathy Decker/Staff reporter

There are a number of model train enthusiasts in the area that may be interested in the formation of a model train club. At least that's what Willard Brown is hoping for. An organizational meeting has been called for Sunday, July 19, at 3 p.m. at the Aledo Depot.

"This is the initial meeting for those that are interested," said Brown.

A club location above Aledo's Dollar General on Main Street in Aledo, 118 1/2 E. Main St., has been offered by Dick Maynard, with lots of open space to work on building up some model railroad displays. The initial meeting will discuss monthly membership dues, which will help offset the cost of utilities. "The rolling stock will be owned by the individuals," he said.

Brown is hoping there is an interest, as the building will be ideal for setting up a number of scenes.

"This is not something that's put together overnight," Brown said. He said the building where they group can create their club needs some work done. "I want to try to get in all the rail lines that were in Mercer County at one time or other," he said.

Brown is not unfamiliar with how model railroad clubs work. "I was in the Quad City club for seven years."

He said he plans to retire soon and thinks this will be a good way for him to pass the time. "I’ve always wanted to do this."

Mercer County has had rail services for things like coal, grain and even passenger lines.

Brown sees this as an opportunity for model railroad buffs to get together and work on individual or group projects. "If there's any interest in it."

He said there are several railroad buffs in town and this would give them an opportunity to work together and share their hobby with others. He said the club would most likely open up to the public on certain holidays, like Christmas.

For more information about the model railroad club, contact Brown at (309) 582-2709.