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Model Trains Bring Out the Kids in New Hyde Park

Locals as young as two and three-years-old take to the tiny trains and their towns.

Children as young as two-years-old were taking in the model trains at the Model Railroad club's annual operating show this weekend at Marcus Christ Hall. 

"My grandchildren love it," said Ronnie Finn of Floral Park describing Madeline, 3, and Finnegan, 2, who liked the view of various town scenes from their grandparents arms.

Among the lifelike scenes are a construction crew, farm, campfire, movie set, policeman making an arrest and a lumberyard.

John Spellman's grandson John Scollard, 3, was standing up on his toes to see over the tops of the train tables.

"The trains move up and down the track and that's what I like about them," Scollard said.  

He also seemed to enjoy the buttons he could press for lights and a train horn.

The tabletop exhibits feature operating railroads in HO and N scale, an interactive classic Lionel O scale, operating live steam locomotives in G scale, and other exhibits. 

The Model Railroading Museum sponsored the event. The Long Island Model Railroad Engineers as well as four other groups were invited to participate in the train show, according to George Winsper, chief financial officer of the Model Railroading Museum.

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