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Model railroading in spotlight at museum's Third Saturday


Peter Fetterer is shown here with his 1970s model train layout. The history of model railroading in Sheboygan County will be the focus of the Sheboygan County Historical Museum’s Third Saturday program this week. — Submitted photo Peter Fetterer is shown here with his 1970s model train layout. The history of model railroading in Sheboygan County will be the focus of the Sheboygan County Historical Museum’s Third Saturday program this week. — Submitted photo “Model Railroading, Past and Present” is the focus of the “Third Saturday” program that will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at the Sheboygan County Historical Museum, 3110 Erie Ave., Sheboygan.

Model railroading has existed in Sheboygan County since the late 1930s and early 1940s. One of the first group projects was the Chair City and Western Railroad built in the basement of what is now the Above & Beyond Children’s Museum on Eighth Street in downtown Sheboygan. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941, all the men in the model railroad club except one were either drafted or enlisted to fight in the war. The one club member remaining was Cornelius “Casey” Buteyn whose health kept him out of the war.


John Brown’s big trestle layout (above) is an example of standard gauge model railroading, which will be part of the “Model Railroading, Past and Present” Third Saturdays program at the Sheboygan County Historical Museum Saturday. — Submitted photo John Brown’s big trestle layout (above) is an example of standard gauge model railroading, which will be part of the “Model Railroading, Past and Present” Third Saturdays program at the Sheboygan County Historical Museum Saturday. — Submitted photo Today, model railroading clubs exist and have a strong following in Plymouth, Random Lake and the Sheboygan area from O-gauge and HO-gauge railroad clubs to the Railroad Lodge/Museum in Sheboygan.

The members of the Sheboygan Society of Scale Model Railroad Engineers (the Railroad Lodge/Museum) will be participating in the day. They will have a layout of a Zanda G train as well as a wooden Thomas the Engine train track that kids can manipulate.

Ken Bailey, who has published many cartoon drawings of model railroading will be cartooning a scene layout. Danny Austreng will be teaching how to make trees for a layout. Brad Bartek will show examples of bridges and trestles that he has built.

Margaret Heschke will display a garden railroad and a railroad in a briefcase. Mark and Marv Preussler, Master Model Railroaders, will have a slide program of model railroad layouts. Tom Roerdink will have on display a fire engine layout. Jerry Thompson will have some structure displays of models. Standard gauges were some of the original trains produced and John Brown will be showcasing them.

Dave Malueg, Dave Tauschek, Doug Leonhard and Rick Yurk will be building a layout with people willing to participate.

Sheboygan County Model railroaders have an expertise in developing layouts and are willing to share their skills with others. There will be many train layouts to see and many hands-on activities for all ages led by masters in the field.

Visitors are welcome throughout the day. Lunch is available. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children ages 7 to 12. Members and their guests as well as children ages 6 and younger, are free.


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