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College Adds Luster to Silver-Anniversary Train Expo

25th annual Toy Train Expo nears
25th annual Toy Train Expo nears
Delivering tables to Park Place on Wednesday are (from left) Penn College General Services custodians Patrick J. Kimble, Brian D. Hopple, Patrick M. Breen, Joseph M. Rieck and Jeff G. Rotoli.
Delivering tables to Park Place on Wednesday are (from left) Penn College General Services custodians Patrick J. Kimble, Brian D. Hopple, Patrick M. Breen, Joseph M. Rieck and Jeff G. Rotoli.

The 25th Annual Will Huffman Toy Train Expo at Park Place, “celebrating the magic and nostalgia of toy trains,” will be held this weekend at Williamsport’s historic Park Place (800 W. 4th St.). The Expo will  feature approximately 25 operating layouts and displays by nearly three-dozen exhibitors, including three Penn College employees: Max E. Ameigh, noncredit instructor/trainer and a former faculty member in advertising art; Patrick M. Breen, a first-shift custodian at the Bush Campus Center, and his wife Laura; and Cletus G. Waldman, interim director of radiography. The college is well-represented by a number of other traditional volunteers, as well. “We greatly appreciate the support of the Penn College General Services crew,” said Eric W. Huffman, a shipping/receiving worker at the college. “They have faithfully delivered dozens of 6- and 8-foot tables for the Expo’s use for many, many years. And Mike Cunningham (vice president for information technology/chief information officer) and Brad Miller (manager of technical support) have furnished computers to run train-simulation software whenever we’ve had the extra space.” The $2 admission fee for adults includes a hand-stamp allowing access to the Thomas T. Taber Museum, which will feature an exhibit of loaned trains and railroad artifacts in its Community Room; and the Peter Herdic Transportation Museum, which will offer guided tours of the 1949 Pullman “Colonial Series” Railcar behind the building. Admission is free for children. Portions of this year’s donations benefit United Churches’ Food Pantry, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and St. Anthony’s Center. Canned goods will also be accepted. For more information – including giveaways, food, locomotive races, and photo opportunities with Santa and other holiday celebrities – visit the Expo website. The Toy Train Expo is organized by Will Huffman’s sons, Eric and Bruce, who are proud to carry on their father’s vision of “a gift for the community for children of all ages.”
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