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Not too long ago, model trains were the toy of choice for children in this country.

A model train layout is on display in one of the windows at historic Harrison Brothers Hardware in downtown Huntsville. In addition to helping older customers recall the toy trains of their childhood, the display is designed to interest the younger generation in the excitement of model railroading.

The layout also honors America’s veterans. The display was constructed with the help of the Historic Decatur Depot and individuals who are members of the National Model Railroaders Association. Three of the layout designers and builders are retired Army and one is a retired Marine.

The military retiree helpers said there are three loops of track on the layout. One is G-gauge (large scale garden railroad) and the remaining two are O-gauge (Lionel). Harrison Brothers plans to run the train sets Nov. 10-16 with a different theme each week.

Starting Nov. 10, all three loops of trains had an Army theme. The G-gauge layout featured flat cars carrying a mobile Multiple Launch Rocket System launcher and a mobile Patriot launcher. Both weapon systems are managed by project offices at the Redstone Arsenal.

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