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Christmas Train Show in Zeeland is fun for all ages

By Sarah Heth/The Holland Sentinel • Dec 8, 2016 at 4:00 PM

ZEELAND — One thing is ageless: anyone can be a lover of trains.

From the oldest members of the Holland Modular Railroad Club — in their 70s and 80s — to toddlers, and everything in between, everyone is excited to see the trains go at this year's Christmas Train Show.

The annual show, which started Nov. 28, will continue one more week, taking place 6-8 tonight and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Howard Miller Library, 14 S. Church St. in Zeeland. Admission is free, but a non-perishable food item is appreciated. Food donations will be given to His Harvest Stand Ministries.

Last year, about 275 pounds of food was collected, according to club member George Williams of Zeeland.

On Tuesday, the mood was festive in the basement room in which the train show takes place. Children followed the trains around the room, as the members of the railroad club stood in the middle of it all, directing the trains and showing the onlookers how it worked.

The parents were enjoying the show, but the kids were the most excited.

"I like it because I like the way it moves," said Bryson Hassevoort, 5, of Zeeland. He wasn't alone.

"That one's going! It's coming past us!" cried Noah Kinnas, 3, of Zeeland.

Check out the photo gallery and video at hollandsentinel.com.

"Last year, we were here probably 10 times," said Brad Hassevoort, Bryson's dad, adding that it was nice to have an indoor activity for the kids. "These guys seem to interact with them well, too. They're really good at hosting," he said, talking about the club members.

"We like trains," said one of those members, John Bona, of Park Township. "We think it's fun to see the people come and enjoy it."

Williams agreed.

"It's fun for us," he said. "We look forward to it annually."

The club takes their trains around to other places around Michigan, but the Christmas Train Show in Zeeland is their longest-running display each year.

To get more information about other display locations or joining the club, visit hollandtrainclub.com.

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