Railroaders’ open house includes restored wig-wag signal


SOCIETY OF SCALE MODEL RAILROAD ENGINEERS look forward to showing off a restored signal once used in Plymouth at their annual Winter Open House. — Submitted photo SOCIETY OF SCALE MODEL RAILROAD ENGINEERS look forward to showing off a restored signal once used in Plymouth at their annual Winter Open House. — Submitted photo The Sheboygan Society of Scale Model Railroad Engineers is celebrating the start of the year with a Winter Open House, Train Show and Brat Fry, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 27 and 28.

This family friendly event will be held at the Sheboygan Railroad Museum, 1001 N. Tenth St., Sheboygan, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This special event marks the start of the 41st year of the Sheboygan Society of Scale Model Railroad Engineers, Ltd.

Founded in 1977, the group owns the museum building, and has had, as its primary purpose, the preservation of railroad history, both prototype and models. To that end, it has amassed a large collection of railroad antiques, some dating back more than 100 years.

A new wig-wag signal is working and on display. It’s an operating wig-wag signal, formerly used along the Milwaukee Road railroad in downtown Plymouth.

Member Kyle Blindauer went through the tireless efforts of contacting the proper authorities, making the arrangements to secure the signal legally, arranging and transporting the signal to the Museum in pieces, and then painstakingly rebuilding it and restoring it to operating condition. It was originally installed by the C&NW.

It has taken nearly a year for the membership to acquire and rebuild this addition.

All the trains will be running. There are model railroads in six different scales from the small N scale to G scale. Each has a particular theme in mind, and will show just how railroads serve in various areas of the country.

There’s also a layout that children can run.

The Society is celebrating its 41st year of providing model railroading opportunities for young and old alike.

Admission is free but donations are welcome.

For more information, see the Society’s website at http://www.sssmre.org or our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sssmre.

Questions can be directed to the Museum at 920-783-6248.


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