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All aboard! Railroad Club offers a ride

Club member Vincent Hollis sets up a train display in preparation for the Flint River Model Railroad Club’s open house Saturday at 309 N. Washington St. in Albany.

Club member Vincent Hollis sets up a train display in preparation for the Flint River Model Railroad Club’s open house Saturday at 309 N. Washington St. in Albany.

ALBANY, Ga. — The Flint River Model Railroad Club will host an open house for the public 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the club's headquarters at 309 N. Washington St., the site of the former Hubbles Restaurant.

Visitors will be able to see operating Z, N, HO and O scale trains, as well as a large Lionel O27. They also will be able to try operating the trains and can even bring in trains to run on the club's tracks.

"If you have a train that you would like to see run, bring it in," said David Godwin, president of the Flint River Model Railroad Club. "If you're having problems with a train, bring it down and we will troubleshoot to try and figure out the problem."

Club members will be on hand to answer questions about laying track, building bench work, detailing and building models, and finding sources for models and kits.

The Flint River Model Railroad Club is an organization designed to promote the art of model railroading in Southwest Georgia. The club meets at 7:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at 309 N. Washinton St. Meetings usually consist of a brief business portion followed by plenty of time for running trains.

"There aren't a lot of basements in Albany," said Godwin. "The club is a good way to run trains for a collector who may not have a lot of spare room at home. Anyone interested in the hobby of model railroading is welcome to come and check out our club. It's a great place to run model trains."

For more information, contact Godwin at (229) 436-9569.