The Train Guys — the group of local model railroad aficionados who set up the annual holiday train display in Elizabethtown Public Library — recently presented library officials with an $11,750 check from donations during the display in December.
Last month, a record of more than 4,600 people visited the display, billed as the largest temporary model train display in the country. The Train Guys coordinated all aspects of the display and run the trains three or more days a week during December. They ask for a $2 donation, and proceeds are donated to the library.
“I can’t express enough gratitude to the Train Guys for setting up their amazing display and opening it up to the public eachholiday season,” said Marian Fetter, chairnof the Library Board. “Over the last 16 years, it has brought joy to young and old alike who dream of trains while also helping us with our mission of increasing literacy in the community.”
The display attracts people from throughout central Pennsylvania, with 60 percent of visitors coming from outside the Elizabethtown area, according to Craig Coble, one of the Train Guys.
“We know that people love to see trains, especially during the holidays,” Coble said. “We appreciate having the space at the library so we can continue this tradition for thousands of people. They love the interactive display, and we hear kids chirping with glee at seeing so many interactive features on the display.
“Also, we deeply appreciate Groff ’s Meats sponsorship of the stock car, a limited supply of which we sold to the public,”Coble added.