Northern Michigan in Focus: Roscommon Historic Train Club & Christmas in the Village
Corey Adkins explains in this week’s Northern Michigan in Focus.
“I think you remember your childhood and it may be a train under the tree. People kept memories going back that way and I think that’s on most of the members here at the club got started that way,” says Bob Edwards, Roscommon Historic Train Club.
Who doesn’t love a good train? And it seems around Christmas time they’re more popular than ever and downtown Roscommon is no different.
“We have a very busy time this time of the year because our lights on and we decorate for Christmas and we’re very active with Christmas in the Village,” Edwards said.
From the kids…
“We always worn the parents that are coming in that it’s like a train injection,” Edwards said.
To the old kids.
“Yeah, we still play with trains. We are lovingly referred to as the grandfather daycare center,” Edwards said.
One of the things you’ll notice at the Roscommon Historic Train Club is every scale rolls down the tracks here.
But one thing you may not see is how much these guys care. They want to see this tradition go on for a long time.
This Saturday at Christmas in the Village they may have a present for the little ones.
“Something we put together and we give away, as long as the child has not been naughty this year, if they’ve been naughty the deal if off. Right here is what we give and also kind of our theme is “let us open the world to toy trains to you” to the children,” Edwards said.
The whole town has a train theme to it and this Saturday a special guest is coming on a real train.
“We will have Mr. And Mrs. Santa Claus on board and their purpose for coming through is to see the children, and they’re also going to have a boxcar that their trying to fill for Toys for Tots,” Edwards said.
So grab a toy to donate and head on down the tracks to Roscommon this Saturday.
“I wanted to invite everybody to come down and if you come, get ready for a real old fashion Christmas here in Roscommon,” Edwards said.
And even if you don’t come it might not matter to these guys because they won’t stop having fun.
“It’s better than visiting a psychiatrist. You come in here and you still play with trains at nobody questions it,” he said.