Model Trains Bring Back Memories

By Adam Chick

Model Trains Bring Back Memories

February 17, 2013 Updated Feb 17, 2013 at 10:44 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Regardless of age, everyone was drawn to the model train show of greater Binghamton at Roberson's Museum and Science Center.

The miniature trains surround a replica of Binghamton area as it was in the late 1940s to early 1950s. It took Robert Hamilton and a group of other hobbyists two years to build.

"We had volunteer carpenters come in and build tables," Hamilton said of the massive project. "Then we had other volunteers that were modelers that came in and started helping us lay out track, then we had to lay out scenery. We had to get the towns built."

And those towns are insanely detailed; from advertisements for RC Cola to tiny stores like Doug's Drugs to miniature people hailing taxis, every effort went in to recreating the Binghamton of more than 60 years ago.

"I can picture the steam engines at the time," said Harold Greaves, a train enthusiast of more than 70 years.

He said the model trains make him feel like a kid again.

"It's just fascinating," Greaves said of Sunday's train show. "It does draw a lot of people."

Greaves said he has his own, albeit smaller, model train set at home.

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