Model railroad association to host train show
All aboard! The Alexandria Model Railroad Association's 14th annual Model Train Show and Sale is set for this Saturday.
The event will take place Saturday, May 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Runestone Community Center, which is located on the Douglas County Fairgrounds.
Admission is $3 per person. Kids younger than 10 are free.
The Alexandria Model Railroad Association was formed in the early 1980s as the Alexandria Railroad Modelers, which was a fellowship of model railroad enthusiasts.
After different locations and some moving around in the Alexandria area, the club received an invitation in 2002 to have a permanent home in Glenwood at Central Square.
At that time, the group became The Lakes Model Railroad Association and applied for and received non-profit status as a 501(c)3 corporation.
The group outgrew the Glenwood space and last winter, it moved back to Alexandria. The association now resides in the lower level of the former KCCO-TV building on the corner of 8th Avenue and Hawthorne.
With the move came another new name - the Alexandria Model Railroad Association.
As the group grew, it became more and more involved in the community. It has now hosted 13 annual "Greater Minnesota Train Shows" and is well-established in the state as a thriving and knowledgeable association, according to the board of directors.
The board includes members Tom Skuza, activities director; Frank Nelson, secretary; and Barry Rockvam, treasurer.
The railroad group hosts open houses, visits senior assisted living homes, senior care facilities and members are available to local schools for field trips and the local chapter of Boy Scouts for help in earning their model railroading badge.
"We are happy to provide for enjoyment and knowledge of railroad history," noted Skuza.