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Tate Depot to be open for Tate Day with model railroads, Thomas the Tank engines on Saturday, Nov. 4

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photo/ — An scene from the model railroad in the historic Tate Depot

            Volunteers with the Tate Depot Train Society are inviting the public to visit the historic Tate Depot during Tate Day to enjoy their not one, but two model railroads and Thomas the Train engines.

            Tate Day is Saturday, Nov. 4. The depot will be open from 9:30-4 p.m.

            “As a year-end and Christmas added attraction, we are running all seven of the Thomas the Tank engines and their passenger and freight cars on Bill Gibson’s gifted HO [model railroad] layout,” said Tate Depot Train Society’s Executive Director Ben Read. “We are also setting up a G-scale Thomas with his two passenger cars on the conference room table.”

            G-scale equipment is about 6-inches high “and should be a delight for our younger children to see,” he said.

            Big Canoe resident Gibson donated his model set to the depot.

            A big blow-up Thomas will be out on the road to welcome festival attendees as well.

            Other new developments at the historic building are a re-creation of a station agent’s office space with a simulated working telegraph, as well as a library of several hundred “real” and model railroad books and several hundred magazines and DVDs that can be played on the television in the front waiting room.

            Since opening last October there have been 1,850 visitors who signed the registers at their monthly open houses.

            Anyone with an iPhone or android can now run the HO layout directly off their phone if they join the model railroad club and learn to operate the layouts.

            Learn more about the group at                       

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