Preservation Parks of Delaware County and the Delaware County Model Railroaders Club have teamed up to bring a new site of interest to the community.

Preservation Parks of Delaware County and the Delaware County Model Railroaders Club have teamed up to bring a new site of interest to the community.

The club is leasing the Preservation Parks' Trail House on the Big Walnut Community Trail, 168 S. Vernon St., Sunbury.

The two working together is a good fit, said Rita Au, executive director of Preservation Parks.

"It was logical, because it used to be a depot and the (railroad) track goes by there," Au said.

Au said Preservation Parks was looking for a community group such as a model railroad club that could set up a display "to tie into the history and broaden" the offerings to the public.

Berlin Township resident Jim Bringardner is one of the founders of the model railroaders club, which was created almost a year ago.

The offer to lease the building came at a perfect time, Bringardner said, because the club had outgrown the space that Senior Citizens Inc. had provided at the Center for Older Adults on Cheshire Road.

The move also will allow the club to open membership to anyone. The senior center has a minimum age requirement for participants. The club has 15 members and hopes to grow.

"Membership is open, but anyone under 13 has to be accompanied by a parent," Bringardner said. "We're hoping a club for teenagers will develop."

The display will be available for viewing in March, Bringardner said. Club members are in the process of setting it up.

The display will run along three walls of a 20-foot by 20-foot room. The club uses HO scale model trains. It will be open for public viewing two weekend days a month, Au said. Those days and times will be decided when the display is set up.

Another room will be used for working on the trains and displays and a smaller room will be used for meetings.

Bringardner has been a model train hobbyist since 1975, when his wife, Betty, gave him a train set for Christmas.

He loves to watch the model trains run and also enjoys watching the trains on the CXS railroad line run past his home. His favorite model train is Norfolk Southern.

Au said the new use for the Trail House fits well with Preservation Parks' mission.

"It's a win-win, because we're all about education, and this is another aspect of the cultural history of the county," Au said.

The club will hold its meetings in the Trail House at 10 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. The club's dues are $10 a month. For more information or to join the club, call (740) 548-7517.

For information on Preservation Parks of Delaware County call (740) 524-8600 or visit www.preservationparks.com.