The trains stop in Beaufort during the holidays

Photo above: Neville Patterson repairs the under carriage of one of his “O”-gauge cars. Patterson said the maintenance level of the smaller gauges is very high.

By Bob Sofaly

The Beaufort Railroaders held their 23rd annual Christmas Trains display all this week at the Beaufort Branch Library on Scott Street. Many different gauge model trains were on display with some very intricate landscaping done to scale including villages with train stations, water towers, switching facilities and even an active rock quarry with scale earth moving equipment to complete the illusion.

From left: Merlin Redfern, left, readjusts one of the trains on his “N”-gauge display while Caroline Wreden and son Henry look on; Four-year-old Henry Wreden is all smiles as he watches the “G”-gauge train owned by Jim Nicholson go by. Nicholson’s display included people, two trains, pickup trucks and an intricate series of building forming a village; Railroad Crossing sign and a small rope prevents onlookers from getting too close to intricate model train displays.

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