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Model trains are the new theme at Belmont Historical Museum

Dec 12, 2019 11:28AM

Robert Atterberry and Greg Edel show a couple of the model train cars on display at the Belmont Historical Society museum. That’s a poster of the Stowe Park train behind them. Photos by Alan Hodge

By Alan Hodge

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Ever since Belmont was founded as a watering stop on the Charlotte and Atlanta  Railroad back in 1872, trains have always been a big part of  the town’s  past. Now, the newest displays at the Belmont Historical Society Museum are honoring that heritage with exhibits featuring classic model trains.

The train displays are set up in several locations inside the museum and there’s even a set of model tracks that will have trains in action on a scale layout.

Some of the trains are Lionel brand of the type  once sold at Stanley Lumber and Hardware as a promotion for Case Knives. There’s a replica of the Southern Crescent that once rushed through Belmont. There are boxcars, tank cars, passenger cars, locomotives, cabooses, and more for viewing. 

Folks that loaned their model trains for display include Greg Edel, Kathy Johnston, and Robert Atterberry. 

In addition to the model trains, the museum has also expanded its vintage clothing exhibit featuring fashions from the 1920s. Items include dresses, hats, purses, costume jewelry, and more.

The Belmont Historical Society will be holding its Open House on Sunday, Dec,. 15 from 2-4pm. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information call 704-825-4848. The museum is located at 40 Catawba St., Belmont.