MILTON - What started out as a passion for one man has turned into a place for thousands of people to visit during the holiday season. The place - the Milton Model Train Museum, 139 S. Front St., on the third floor of the Moose building.
In 2007, The Rev. Dr. A. Robert Walker, a lifelong Milton resident, wanted to find a way to display his trains for the public, and with the efforts of The Milton Historical Society, T.I.M.E. (The Improved Milton Experience), and the generosity of the Milton Moose Family Center, Walker's "Milltown," a resemblance to the town of Milton in the 1950s, found a new home.
And with the creation of the Milton Model Train Museum, volunteers who were into model railroading lent a hand in building a new platform.
JOHN S. NEVILLE JR./Sun-Gazette Correspondent
Shown is the Chef Boy Ardee building from the late Rev. Dr. A. Robert Walker’s collection, which is on display at the Milton Model Train Museum.
The 20-by-60-foot "O" gauge display has more than 982 feet of track with five trains running at any time and also 127 buildings are on the platform, which rests in what used to be a room where new members of the Moose were inducted.
Most of the volunteers at the museum meet on Monday nights to go over various tasks involved in keeping the display up to par by either cleaning the track, fixing electrical issues and also making sure the trains are running properly.
The museum is open for various events during the year but the best time to view it is from mid November through the new year.
Hours now through December are 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 29; 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 30; and Dec. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29. Admission to the museum is free but donations are accepted.