Model railroad club recovers after theft

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A local model train club is still chugging along after some unexpected setbacks.

The Riverside Railroad Club was robbed in late July when thieves stole $3,000 to $4,000 worth of model train engines and tracks. On Friday, members were able to hold their annual open house, which also is a fundraising effort.

The group is hoping to replace the stolen goods in time to spread some cheer.

“We were building those up for our Christmas display and so we don’t know if we’ll be able to do that or not now. And all the trains that are running tonight belong to members that brought them to run for our display tonight,” said Riverside Railroad Club trustee Michael Zador.

Zador said they have received some donations and are hopeful they can raise enough to replace everything in time for the Christmas season. The group meets Tuesdays at the SCOPE Center in Warren.

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