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Model train lovers gather in Lindenhurst

The Train Masters of Babylon held its 18th

The Train Masters of Babylon held its 18th annual Model Train Show Open House at its clubhouse in Lindenhurst. (Feb. 5, 2012) Credit: Ursula Moore

Levittown’s Belinda Tarshis joined the Train Masters of Babylon (TMB) last month because she was searching for a place for her 15-year-old son, Tim, to operate model trains.

“I used to take him to the Hicksville Long Island Rail Road train station and we would watch the trains pull in and out,” said Tarshis, recalling the love Tim’s had for trains since he was a little boy.

On Sunday, the teen was controlling trains via remote control during the 18th annual TMB Model Train Show Open House at the organization’s clubhouse in Lindenhurst.

TMB originated in 1994 with six O Gauge model railroaders looking for a location to lay out their model trains. The clubhouse gives the organization’s 70-plus members a place to enjoy their hobby, but they make sure to share their passion with the community. They’ve set up their train tracks at several Boy and Girl Scout troops, numerous Long Island nursing homes and the Cradle of Aviation, among other events.

Sunday’s train show featured eight train sets operating on six tracks that ran continuously underground, at ground level and at different elevations within a 3,000-square-foot area. The TMB train show displayed 20 different O Gauge trains. The layout showcased train stations that announce the names of stations as trains came in. Trains blew smoke and whistled while negotiating an animated circus, a suspension bridge, a logging line and a mountain line.

Among the hundreds in attendance was TMB member Jason Samuel of Commack, who brought his 8-year-old son Jacob.

“This is fun,” Jacob said. I like running the trains with the remote controls.” said

That childlike enthusiasm has never left folks like TMB president David Williams of Massapequa.

“I still remember when my father bought me my first train, a Lionel Berkshire train,” Williams said. “I have loved trains since I was little; I will always love trains.”

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