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Group Shares Decades of History with Community

“We have open houses so give the public a chance to see and remember the years when they grew up or growing up and giving trains to their daughters and sons as we all were,” said Bill Bethke, Vice President of the Frederick County Society of Model Engineers (FCSME).

FREDERICK, Md. - For two decades, the Frederick County Society of Model Engineers (FCSME) have been opening their doors to share a piece of history with the community.

“We have open houses so give the public a chance to see and remember the years when they grew up or growing up and giving trains to their daughters and sons as we all were,” said Bill Bethke, Vice President of the Frederick County Society of Model Engineers (FCSME).

Members maintain an old Chesapeake and Ohio horse car that used to carry race horses from Baltimore to Chicago. Now it holds a full miniature railroad system with all the bells and whistles.

"We have some retired B&O locomotive engineers who belong to the club as much as just individuals in daily life from being a government employee to working in private industry,” said Bethke. “So it's a chance to do something with friends, pass ideas, learn new techniques, some people are better at the electronics, some are better at scenery."

The group says it's a way for people of all ages to share history in a fun way.

“It's like living history to get a chance to see and touch. Reading a book or going down to the Point of Rock station or Brunswick to see the museum, is great, is fun but this also gives you a chance to do something in your backyard,” said Bethke.

“It's always fun to see the kids. That's what makes it is - the kids,” said Bob Embrey, Secretary for the Frederick County Society of Model Engineers (FCSME).

It's chance to see something different and members say it's a part of history that kids embrace, and have fun with.

The annual open house happens every Sunday in January and the first Sunday in February and it's located at: 423 East Patrick Street, Frederick, MD 21701.

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