Railroad club chugs through Calabash with new series

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The Intracoastal Model Railroad Club (IMRRC) is holding a series of workshops and seminars at the new Calabash Marketplace, 10050 Beach Drive in Calabash.

The first one, “An Introduction to Model Railroading,” is Saturday, Feb. 15, from 9 to 11 a.m.

The series is designed to increase public awareness of the club, educate young and old about the benefits of model railroading, and explain how to create layouts in their own homes for personal enjoyment, IMRRC administrator Don Woodwell says.

Club members will present a wide range of model railroad ideas and share how-to tips for novices as well as experienced hobbyists.

Contact Monte Heppe at monteheppe@me.com to sign up.

Upcoming workshop/seminars this year may feature model railroad topics such as: planning for your first layout; constructing layout modules; electrical planning and layout wiring; creating scenery; and erecting and lighting model buildings.

Experienced club members will not only talk about these topics but also demonstrate them in accompanying small-group clinics.

The IMRRC is a nine-year-old group of hobby enthusiasts who run up to seven train shows and exhibits each year, from Calabash to Southport, over to Lake Waccamaw, and down to Myrtle Beach, with an expressed mission to educate the public and especially young people in the hobby.

In 2012, IMRRC was recognized among the top 10 in its genre in the United States by a leading model train manufacturer in a nationwide contest.

Club membership is $25 annually.

For more information, contact Don Woodwell at drwoodwell2@gmail.com or call (910) 287-6866.