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If you go:
What: The High Water Line – an exhibit of a fully operational freight yard, railroad tracks, trains, buildings, towns and landscapes.
Where: History Center, 302 E. Berry St.
When: Through Saturday during regular center hours, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.
Admission: Regular museum admission applies for the event: $6 for adults; $4 for seniors (59+) and students (3-18). Ages 2 and younger are free.
For more information: Call 426-2882
3RF Schedule
Children’s Gently Used Book Swap and Sale: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Community Center, 233 W. Main St.; 427-6460. Prices start at 25 cents per book.
Creative Construction: Lego Building Challenge: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Community Center, 233 W. Main St.; 427-6467 or fortwayneparks.org.
Trinity English Shining Lights: 8:30 a.m.; Trinity English Lutheran Church, 405 W. Wayne St.; 426-3424 or www.TrinityEnglish.org. A fine arts adventure of music, drama and dance. For ages 8 to 14. Cost is $20.
Ventures in Creativity: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Mimi and Ian Rolland Center for Art and Visual Communication – Weatherhead Gallery, 2701 Spring St.; 399-7999.
T.R.A.I.N. Festival: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; The History Center, 302 E. Berry St.; 426-2882 or www. fw history center. com. Model railroads with fully operational freight yard run by the Three Rivers and Northern Indiana Train model railroad club. Cost is $6 adults, $3 students and seniors and ages 2 and younger free.
Envision Fort Wayne Center:11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 916 S. Calhoun St.; 427-1129 or RiverfrontFW.org. An innovative place for the community to comment, discuss and review all aspects of the Riverfront Study.
DeBrand tours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; DeBrand Headquarters, 10105 Auburn Park Drive; 969-8330 or www. debrand. com/ tours. Cost is $5 with a $5 rebate on a purchase of $10 or more.
Downtown Midway: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Headwaters Park East and West. Amusement rides, pony rides, water balls and human hamster balls and face painting.
Helicopter rides: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Headwaters Park West.
Lunch Time Music: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Hanning & Bean Festival Plaza, Headwaters Park East. Music from Beatles Lab 63 Band and Soft-n-Heavy.
Picture Your Pet: 3 to 8 p.m.; Lakeside Park, 1401 Lake Ave, Lakeside Pavilion No. 2; 427-5508. Professional photo shoot features families with pets to benefit animal safety education. $15.
Waiter-Waitress Contest: 6:30 p.m.; Festival Plaza, Headwaters Park East Pavilion. Restaurants compete in an obstacle course.
Concert – The Rescue Plan: Doors open 6 p.m. Hanning & Bean Festival Plaza, Headwaters Park East. Free.
Plymouth Summer Music Festival: 7 p.m.; Plymouth Church, 501 W. Berry St.; 423-2494. Free concerts for all ages every night. Go to www. plymouth fw. org. Free-will offering.
Ethan Gonzales, 4, watches a model train operated by Blaine Ryan roll down the tracks at History Center.
Locomotive enthusiasts gather

TRAIN exhibit displays models

Photos by Chad Ryan | The Journal Gazette
Avery Tubbs, 8, watches as a model train chugs past the airport section of the Three Rivers and Northern Indiana Train model railroad club’s exhibition freight yard on Sunday.

Brice, 5, and his sister, Stella, 3, perched on Blaine Ryan's knees and eagerly helped “conduct” two trains moving in opposite directions through the hallways and rooms of the History Center on Sunday.

The children's parents, Aaron and Andrea Rollins, along with Breana, 11, were also enjoying the model railroad exhibit, but the family trip was made primarily for Brice.

“He just loves trains,” his mother said. “When he was younger, it was Thomas the Train toys, but we recently bought him his own model train set.”

The locomotives, railroad cars and landscapes were miniature, but just as thrilling as the real ones for train enthusiasts of all ages.

Ryan, who was manning one set of switches for the display, is a member of TRAIN – the Three Rivers and Indiana Northern railroad association, which sponsors the event.

“My wife, Diane, gave me a train set 30 years ago and suggested model trains as a hobby about 15 years ago,” he said.

The couple live in Monroeville and Ryan's portion of the display shows the town in 1948, when the train depot dominated the downtown scene. Ryan re-created the model buildings using old photos of the town and depot, which was demolished years ago.

Around one of the curves, the trains pass the flashing lights of Building No. 4 of the General Electric plant in Fort Wayne. That model is also the handiwork of Ryan, and represents the workplace of Diane, who still works for GE, but in a different Fort Wayne location.

Ryan's train tracks and roots run deep.

His grandfather, Albert “AJ” Ryan was an engineer for the Pennsylvania Railroad and also served in World War I as a train engineer in France. His father, Paul Ryan, was a railroad policeman before becoming a Fort Wayne police officer.

The fourth generation, grandson Anthony, 2, is also a train lover, Ryan said.

Helping Ryan with the exhibit – which will feature different train sets throughout the week – are fellow club members Jerry Kesson and Ron Ross.

Ross has been fascinated with trains since he was a small child, he said. After retiring from Shambaugh & Son as a project engineer and mechanical estimator, he was able to devote more time to his hobby.

His portion of the exhibit included livestock cars, train stockyards, Hart's Coop (named after his brother-in-law), John Deere tractors and brilliant hues of fall foliage brightening the autumn landscape.

“It took me two years to put that module together,” Ross said.

The exhibit will be open during regular History Center hours through Saturday and during the Three Rivers Festival.

vsade@jg.net

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