When it comes to Model Railroad set-ups there isn't a person alive that doesn't look at those displays without being amazed. Such will be the case this weekend when one of the most fabulous displays of model railroads in the Midwest will be set up in Quincy. The Quincy Society of Model Engineers (QSME) will be holding their annual Model Railroad Open House at the Good Samaritan Home at 2130 Harrison in Quincy Saturday and Sunday

According to the QSME website (www.qsme.org), the 50 plus members are basically from Illinois, Missouri and Iowa, but they do have members who live as far away as Arizona, California and South Carolina.

The history of the Quincy Society of Model Engineers dates back to a group of model railroaders that began monthly get-togethers in the homes of members who had layouts. This round robin group met for a couple of decades beginning in the 1950s, until some members began thinking about developing a club layout.

In late 1973 club members became aware of the room they now occupy at The Good Samaritan Home and have used the room for over three decades without any charge. Construction got underway in the spring of 1974. The first loop of track was completed on May 23, 1975, and it has grown ever since.

The QSME will operate the 16 by 70 foot HO scale model railroad in a room in the basement of the Good Samaritan Home. There is no charge to view the displays which include three different layouts. Donations will be graciously accepted!

The open house hours will be from noon to 5 p.m. this Saturday and this Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

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