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Clinic keeps trains on track
A young hobbyist receives instruction from veteran model train enthusiast Ken Fullenlove.The time has come for taking down Christmas decorations. Why not take a some time to ensure that your model trains are in tip-top shape before packing them away for the season by attending the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center’s Model Train Clinic 1-4 p.m. Saturday, January 4 in the Hayes Museum. Admission is $2 per person, or free with the purchase of a Hayes Museum ticket. The clinic is sponsored by Croghan Colonial Bank and the Gordon W. Knight Family.

Experienced model train collectors are on hand to assist participants with advice related to model train maintenance and repair, as well as estimating the value of older model trains. Some minor repairs and cleaning can be done on site, with the train owner’s permission. Model Train Clinic attendees who own G-, O-, or standard-gauge trains are invited to see their models run on the layout during the clinic.Those attending the clinic also can view the Hayes Train Special. A holiday tradition at the Hayes Presidential Center since 1994, this 12x24-foot operating model train display features eight trains running a course through mountain tunnels, around lakes, and near a Victorian village blanketed in snow.