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Wade's Train Town

  • Brookford Community Building 1700 S Center St.
    Hickory, NC 28602
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Wade's Train Town is a large HO scale model railroad display layout located in the Brookford Town Center, just south of Hickory, NC. It was built by Wade Warren between 1985 and 1995. When Wade died in 1995, the layout room was locked up until 2006 when Wade’s family asked the Carolina Southern Division 12, MER, NMRA to restore it and place it in public view once again. As of November 2014, the Carolina Southern Division met its long term goal of restoring the layout to preserve Wade's work, while upgrading the layout with contemporary electrical equipment and scenery materials.The layout is completely scenicked with over 280 structures of structures, most with operating lights and other features, and many hundreds of ‘little people’. Two main lines circle the layout and a trolley line shuttles back and forth. The layout is open, free of charge, to the public on the second Saturday of each month, 10 am – 2 pm.