All aboard the Providence Northern Model Railroad Club

Model train enthusiasts can visit the club's fictional model railway
The Providence Northern railroad originates in the capital city and runs as far north as Montreal. If you’ve never ridden it, that’s because it’s “make believe, but real,” says Providence Northern Model Railroad Club member John Breitmaier, a retired Amtrak conductor-turned-model train enthusiast who designed the track plan.

The fictional railroad compresses what would be hundreds of miles of track traversing New England into a thirty-five-by-sixty-foot layout in the Warwick Grange. Breitmaier enjoyed his time working on real trains, but says, “I enjoy this more.” The club has thirty-five members, both male and female, including carpenters, electricians, a retired Providence College physics professor and IT folks, as well as a dentist, who serves as the current president.

The model train has the picture postcard-worthy stuff, tiny cabooses chugging around tree-covered mountains, but also incorporates work-a-day railyards and the backs of buildings, just like the views you see from an actual train.

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