Although the Amtrak trains between New York and Chicago still pass by, little Olmsted Falls no longer has passenger train service. For many years the property has belonged to a local model train club.
Each year the club holds an open house, and the public gets to see their collection of model train displays. Last weekend I went to the open house.
The little station is crammed with displays, with scores of trains of different gauges. The locomotives run through recreations of cities, towns and countryside. I find these highly detailed settings as fascinating as the trains themselves.
It was a fun visit, and it made me think about the old Lionel train set I got from my grandfather for Christmas when I was a kid. It's still up in the attic.