Onslow Model Railroaders blend patience, imagination, artistry
Bells, whistles, horns and engine noises — The Onslow Model Railroaders hear it all on Tuesday nights.
“Most of us older fellows grew up with working trains all over the country,” said Roger Alvis, Onslow Model Railroaders President. Trains aren’t our main form of transportation anymore and model railroads have grown less popular. Member Rob Robinson added that “fewer and fewer towns even have a hobby store, let alone a train store.” Despite this, the members are the Onslow Model Railroaders are motivated and hopeful, and very talented.
Rob Robinson and Bernie Rosage Sr. have been building onto N Scale layout for 20 years. The N Scale is the group’s transportation or show layout. It includes 10 separate modules, or tables. The layout has won “best in show,” is very picturesque and highly detailed including shrubbery, roads, mountains, farms, cars, people and more. The furthest show the N Scale has travelled to was a regional show in Virginia Beach, Virginia. “I’d like to do a local open house or show where we can assemble this and show off the train,” said Robinson.
They use some odd materials to complete a layout, “anything that will work.” Just to build the N Scale, they have used hairspray, ground foam, cardboard, plaster, tree branches, tree bark, cheese cloth, saw dust, and toothpicks. It takes patience and imagination, but members get ideas from each other and share techniques.
Arvis described building model railroads as “a hobby that includes other hobbies,” including woodworking, electrical, computers, painting, and design. A layout doesn’t include just the train and a track, but also scenery and maybe even a story. It takes some artistry and talent and the members are there to help each other. Arvis enjoys making scenery the most, so he uses other members to help him with the aspects he isn’t confident with or doesn’t enjoy as much.
In 2008 the Onslow Model Railroaders restored the caboose that sits in Riverwalk Park in downtown Jacksonville. And they also built a layout depicting the town of Jacksonville which is on display at the Onslow County Museum in Richlands.
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