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YULETIDE DISPLAYS FEATURE MODEL TRAINS, RAIL MEMORABILIA

Model trains that always seem to be on the Christmas timetable are key parts of two Orleans County Yuletide attractions. Peter Mills has his trains clicking around the holiday track at his Ridge Road Station and Christmas Store at 16131 Ridge Road (Route 104), six miles east of Albion.

"It's a year-round toy train store and more," said Wayne Hale Jr. of the Orleans County Tourism Agency. "Pete Mills' trains run over a 26-by-70 foot layout that includes 14 tunnels and 11 bridges on three levels."

Admission and coffee are free, and the Ridge Road Station is handicapped accessible, Hale said.

The new Medina Railroad Museum is in the 92-year-old restored Medina freight house adjacent to the former Medina passenger depot.

Martin C. Phelps, a retired Batavia fireman and an admitted "railroad nut," has several model trains running around a 55-foot layout, including a 194-car freight train.

Groups enter the football field-sized museum, once New York Central's longest wooden freight house, through a "passenger terminal." Besides getting a railroad pass and watching the models go around the tracks, visitors can see photographs and other memorabilia of the passenger railroad glory days.

Admission to the Railroad Museum ranges from $3 to $5, depending on age.

Both train exhibits are accessible for handicapped and have ample parking for buses. For museum information, call 798-6106.

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