Lake County Model Railroad Club honors traditions with open house in Wauconda

  • Todd Evans, a member of the Lake County Model Railroad Club for 13 years, checks out a layout Sunday during an open house in Wauconda. The club holds a two-day open house twice a year.

    Todd Evans, a member of the Lake County Model Railroad Club for 13 years, checks out a layout Sunday during an open house in Wauconda. The club holds a two-day open house twice a year. Ryan Rayburn for the Daily Herald

  • Model trains run on the tracks Sunday during an open house and garage sale hosted by the Lake County Model Railroad Club in Wauconda.

    Model trains run on the tracks Sunday during an open house and garage sale hosted by the Lake County Model Railroad Club in Wauconda. Ryan Rayburn for the Daily Herald

  • Lake County Model Railroad Club member Kevin Kraszczyk of Island Lake adjusts some scenery Sunday during an open house and garage sale at the club's home in Wauconda.

    Lake County Model Railroad Club member Kevin Kraszczyk of Island Lake adjusts some scenery Sunday during an open house and garage sale at the club's home in Wauconda. Ryan Rayburn for the Daily Herald

 
Daily Herald report
Updated 11/14/2021 7:30 PM

Continuing a tradition that began when it first organized 50 years ago, the Lake County Model Railroad opened its doors to the public this weekend for one of its two annual open houses.

Curious onlookers and longtime model train enthusiasts visited the club's Wauconda home to check out elaborate displays and intricate layouts.

 

Among the members taking part Sunday was Todd Evans, who said his interest in model trains began with some Christmas gifts he received as a fourth-grader.

I belonged to a few railroad clubs with my dad when I was a kid," he said. "(It's) extremely cathartic."

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