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Rolling out the tracks for annual train display

The Beaufort Christmas model train display will be held at Beaufort Branch Library from Tuesday, Dec. 11 through Saturday, Dec. 15.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the holiday tradition with colorful model and toy trains of all sizes, from vintage to modern.

Last year’s display of model trains at the Beaufort library. This year marks 20 years of the exhibit, which will open Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the library at 311 Scott Street in downtown Beaufort.

The event is presented jointly by the Beaufort County Library and Beaufort Railroaders train club. It will fill two rooms of the library with club model train layouts.

Neville Patterson of the Beaufort Railroaders said he and other club members spend two days before the show starts setting up the tracks and displays and making sure the trains run properly. “It’s our Christmas gift to the community,” he said.

Neville also announced that one train set will be given away to a child whose name is drawn at the end of the show.

The Beaufort library is located downtown at 311 Scott Street. Library hours vary: Tuesday Dec. 11, 1-8 p.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 13, 1-8 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 14, 1-5 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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