Throughout his childhood, Martin Miller remembered watching the trains each day, until his mother called him back home.
Miller and his wife, Betty, are busily preparing to share that experience amid a Christmas celebration beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at The Gospel Shed, 10373 Highway O. Martin Miller said he met Harold Elder at the Nutrition Center, who told him about a collector in Independence who had five boxes of O-scale railroad in his basement. When Martin made the trip to Independence, he received the two working trains and rails for free —the collector had owned them since he was 18, and he wanted to see them put to good use.
That’s exactly what Miller had in mind, as he put finishing touches on a snow-covered tunnel for the trains to pass under Thursday, Dec. 7. As the trains circle the tracks in opposite directions, village buildings shimmer and glow nearby.
The Millers looked forward to hosting visitors of all ages for the free event. Santa Claus will stop by from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the Salvation Army Band will perform from 3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m. The couple will also serve hot apple cider and cookies throughout the day.
“We just wanted to put up a big Christmas scene here at the Gospel Shed, and hopefully kids will come through,” Miller said.
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