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All aboard for Railroad Days

 

By On Deck Staff

For those folks interested in railroad memorabilia, model and toy trains, or just enjoying a unique collection on a nice day out, Historic Cold Spring Village presents their Annual Railroad Days Aug. 1-2 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Working scale model railroads will be in operation, as well as displays of memorabilia and railroad merchandise vendors.
Under the big tent at the Welcome Center and along the Village’s shady lanes, visitors will find presentations and displays from a variety of groups.
The South Jersey Garden Railroad Society will be exhibiting, as part of their model train layouts, a display of HCSV buildings, a circus setting, and a hands-on experience with everyone’s favorite tank engine!
Additional groups including Just 4 Fun, East Penn Tractor Club and Strasburg Railroad Club will be showing a variety of models and landscapes throughout the Village. Atlantic Shore Model Railroaders will be presenting two pre-war operating model O-gauge Lionel trains.
Train memorabilia and railroad ephemera will be on display and available for purchase in the Village.
Two of the Village’s historic structures are linked to Cape May County’s railroading heritage.
The Rio Grande Station, donated to HCSV in 1974 and recently added to the National and State Registers of Historic Places, was built in 1894 by the Atlantic City Railroad to serve the Middle Township rural farming community of Rio Grande.
The Woodbine Junction Tower is a two-story signal tower built in 1894 that originally stood in Dennis Township.
It controlled the Woodbine Junction of the Atlantic City Railroad, which was the western end of a branch line that ran east to Ocean City. The tower was acquired by HCSV in 1974.
Historic Cold Spring Village is located on Route 9, three miles north of Victorian Cape May and four miles south of Rio Grande.
For more information on private affairs, employment, events, memberships or volunteering, call 609-898-2300, ext. 10 or visit www.hcsv.org.

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