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Museum train display gets a new shelf

July 4, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Last week, War Veteran Museum volunteers Chuck Sauer of Canfield and Gerry Grace of Ellsworth installed a new, vintage looking shelf for the train display area. Grace was able to make it look like it belonged.

"I donated a rough cut maple plank that fit the style of the early 1800s," Grace said.

Grace said he got into woodworking after trying to find specific pieces of cut wood. After searching local sawmills and not finding the right cut for his projects, he decided to take matters into his own hands.

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Chuck Sauer of Canfield and Gerry Grace of Ellsworth, finish a new display shelf at the War Veterans Museum that will free up some running room on an O gauge model train layout.

"I built my own wood mill and now when I need a piece, I cut it myself," he said.

The shelf he made for the train display was rough cut wood, and to make a good fit for the 1806 stone basement walls, Grace and Sauer brought a special drill bit to burrow into the stone. A long metal peg was then inserted and holes were drilled into the wood to align the shelf. To museum visitors, there are no brackets or visible sign of anything on the basement wall. It is as if the shelf were suspended in mid-air by nothing.

The shelf now houses an O gauge, non-operating New York Central diesel and three heavy passenger cars. A description is included on how diesels were used before and after World War II.

The section of the layout where the diesel once sat will soon be made operational. After a couple of donations of Lionel engines, the layout can now have two operating engines on the same track.

The model train display is an interesting way of showing history and has become a big hit with visitors, mainly children. As for the new shelf, it was one man's wood-working hobby that helped the museum's model train hobby to improve for the better.

The museum is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and weekday's for group tours by making arrangements at 330-533-6311. There is no admittance fee, but donations are gladly accepted. The museum operates only on donations and grants when available.



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