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Above , The Plantation Historical Museum is hosting an exhibit presented by the Florida Citrus Model Train Society. Above right,m Fabian Rodriguez, 3, of Plantation, enjoys looking at some of the trains.

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Taking the right track

 

Model train exhibit displayed at Plantation museum

 

By Scott Fishman, Forum Publishing Group

3:44 p.m. EDT, July 24, 2014

 

Train sets aren't nearly as popular as they once were, but the Florida Citrus Model Train Society continues to help keep this hobby alive.

Its latest exhibit featuring operating model train displays and layouts is at the Plantation  Historical Museum through Oct. 25. The society laid the groundwork for HO, O, G and N scales for visitors to enjoy. The gauges allow train enthusiasts to bring their own to run on them.

"Our whole mission is to get kids and families involved in trains," said Ken Sargeant, president and founder of the group. "Train buffs, we will let them run it. They just have to understand they can't grab it and pull it off the track because some of these engines are worth over $1,000. When you see the skills some of these guys have, it will blow your mind. A lot of these things are [built from scratch]."

Sargeant said group members come from all walks of life, including a retired music teacher, carpenter, electrician, news station employee, three-star general and lieutenant colonel.

John Feeney, museum curator, said the exhibit got a positive response the last time it was there.

"We thought it would be a nice idea for the summer to have the model train exhibit again," he said. "They are a draw."

The society also likes to raise awareness of Operation Lifesaver classes, which teach safety around trains, crossings and railroad property. They're also looking to find a permanent location to run model trains.

 

For more information, visit Fcmts.org or Plantation.org/Museum or call 954-797-2722.

 

Scott Fishman can be reached at smfishman@tribunbe.com

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July 23, 2014  MODEL TRAINS CHUG THROUGH HISTORICAL MUSEUM

RAILROAD EXHIBIT Fabian Rodriguez 3, of Plantation eyes the model trains on display at the Plantation Historical Museum. The exhibit is presented by the Florida Citrus Model Train Society. STAFF PHOTO/JANERIS/MARTE

 

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July 23, 2014  On track the Florida Citrus Model Train Society has a display of model trains at the Plantation Historical Museum. For Information visit Plantation.org/museum. STAFF PHOTO/JANERIS/MARTE

 

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MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY & SCIENCE

Excellence in service award

volunteer of the quarter

 

The Museum of Discovery & Science

Excellence in Service Award

Volunteer of the Quarter Spring 2014

Presented

March 12, 2014

Plaque displayed in the Office on the 2nd Floor

MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY & SCIENCE

VOLUNTEER OF THE QUARTER SPRING 2014 AWARD

 

 

VOLUNTEER OF THE QUARTER - SPRING 2014

 

The Museum is pleased to announce its Volunteer of the Quarter - the Florida Citrus Model Train Society. The society of 35 members dontated over 5,000 hours to the museum between August 2013 and February 2014, sharing their passion for trains with Museum visitors. They staffed two train exhibits with at least four people per day giving tours of the train displays and teaching train safety to museum guests.  Some of the FCMTS members made special live presentations to guests and repaired microscopes in the museum lab. Ken Sargeant and Bill Tessar were on hand to accept the honor on behalf of FCMTS.

 

March 12, 2014 The Florida Citrus Model Train Society was presented with The Volunteer of the Quarter Spring 2014 Award. Standing (L-R) Kim L. Cavendish (President/CEO of the Museum of Discovery & Science), Bill Tessar (Florida Citrus Model Train Society Member), Ken Sargeant (President of the Florida Citrus Model Train Society), Dawn Formica (Volunteer Coordinator of the Museum of Discovery & Science)

OLD DAVIE SCHOOL HISTORICAL MUSEUM

FALL OF 2013

 

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Model train show returning to Pembroke

Pines on April 17, 2010

 

March 20, 2010

 

A long-running model train show is coming back to Pembroke Pines in April.

The show will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 17 at the Pembroke Pines Charter School Central Campus, 12350 Sheridan St. The show, sponsored by the Florida Citrus Model Train Society, will transform the school's cafeteria into a warehouse of model trains, including multiple displays of train sets.

"A lot of train shows cater only to the collectors," said Ken Sargeant, the group's president. "We're trying to get kids into the hobby."

Sargeant's association with trains stretches back to his childhood, when his father worked as a locomotive engineer for Canadian Pacific Railway.That was when public use of trains was more widespread.

"Everyone went by trains," Sargeant said. "Trains were in their heyday."

As a boy, Sargeant was introduced to the world of model trains after receiving a set as a Christmas gift. Decades later, he and other enthusiasts established the Florida Citrus Model Train Society in 1999 and began organizing model shows. Early shows were at South Plantation High School, but the charter school has served as its home for five years.

The show also will feature model trains of various scales for sale. Some are vintage pieces that dedicated collectors spend years tracking down while others are for people new to the hobby. Model trains are a flexible hobby, said Ron DeFrank, a sales consultant with event sponsor Warrick Custom Hobbies in Plantation.

"You can do what you want, when you want to do it," DeFrank said. "There are no big outlays."

Some enthusiasts like running trains while others are more interested in the construction of background scenery or buildings. Train toys like Thomas the Tank Engine are highly popular with children and introduce many to the hobby, DeFrank said. Thomas displays are always popular at the show.

"The kids get a kick out of it," DeFrank said.

As part of each show, Warrick donates a deluxe train set that is given away to a child younger than 12.

But there's more to the show than toy trains — Sargeant uses it as an opportunity to educate children about train track safety. He provides presentations at schools in conjunction with Operation Lifesaver, a nonprofit organization that works to reduce train-related fatalities. Sargeant's presentations cover crossing safety, as well as train track trespassing.

According to the Federal Railroad Administration, there were 248 railroad crossing deaths in 2009 nationwide and 434 deaths resulting from trespassing. In Florida, 10 deaths occurred at crossings and 19 resulted from trespassing.

Sargeant said many people walking along train tracks don't hear anything because trains travel more quietly now through residential areas.

"Trains go so fast that by the time they get on top of you, it's too late," he said.

The show, which used to run four times a year, has been reduced to twice a year. The next show is planned for November. Admission is $4, but children younger than 12 get in free.

 



 

SUn-sentinel december 8, 2010

 

Toy train shows delights kids and adults alike

 

| Forum Publishing Group

December 8, 2008

Ken Sargeant, like most enthusiasts in his generation, collects model trains.

But his passion comes at a price: His generation, and with it America's fascination with train hobbies, was dying. The national pastime needed fresh, younger faces.

So, Sargeant founded the Florida Citrus Model Train Society in 1999 and started hosting model train shows in middle and high schools, hoping children and teens would eventually replace the legions of middle-aged and older fans.

"We cater to the children because I feel it's the lifeline of the hobby," said Sargeant, 67, of Plantation. "We're trying to get the kids involved, and that's why the person winning the door prizes had to be 12 years of age or less."

Sargeant is referring to last month's toy train show inside Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School's central campus cafeteria, which has been FCMTS's venue for the past two years. The event corralled more than 500 locomotive lovers, history buffs, toy collectors and their children to tables crammed with Lionel and Mike's Train House models, spare parts and entire Christmas-themed train sets.

Although the 15-member FCMTS meets Fridays at Lester's Diner in Fort Lauderdale, near the Tri-Rail and CSX freight train tracks, they host model train shows at Pines Charter Middle. That venue stemmed from a show Principal Kenneth Bass caught at South Plantation High when Sargeant was assistant principal. Impressed, Bass convinced Sargeant to move the venue to his school.

Among the displays were Sargeant's Christmas trains — one featuring Snoopy riding atop one boxcar with arms outstretched, another toting Christmas ball ornaments and bow-wrapped presents, plus one carting a flatbed car upon which Santa, his sleigh and reindeer rested as Rudolph's nose blinked red.

On the cafeteria's opposite end, Florida East Coast train buff Robert Feeney, 22, sported an 18th century conductor's outfit and demonstrated how copper sulfate electrically powered early telegraph machines. Telegraphs patched up train station arrival and departure problems by standardizing time, Feeney said. A conductor's pocket watch was worthless because it couldn't account for time zone shifts aboard West to East Coast trains, so Western Union transmitted telegraph messages to conductors with time updates.

"Those dots and dashes replaced a conductor's watch entirely," said Feeney, a Broward Community College student who also partakes in Civil War re-enactments and is president of the Morse Telegraph Club.

As vendors along 12 tables sold passenger trains, decals, rusted metal spikes, magazines, metal track sections, and walked around controllers, there were displays from Operation Lifesaver, a train safety group, and a 35-by-15-foot toy train village from the South Florida High Rail. The whistle-stop mini-town featured tiny trees, scale model cars, and pocket-sized gas stations, courthouses and malt shops. A 125-foot-long track stretched around the perimeter, upon which blazed the Washington Congressional Silver Engine and an Amtrak bullet train, among others.

George Baird toggles a switch on the village's walk-around and the "Rio Grande" grinds to a halt, sound effects and all. He squirts a few droplets of smoke fluid inside the model's heater and sends it packing.

"It'll be hissing smoking the next time it comes around," said High Rail member Baird, 70, of Hallandale, as the "Rio Grande" whistled away. "I've been running the model trains since I got one under the Christmas tree at 12 years old."

The occasion gave Peter Warrick, 61, a 36-year Plantation hobby train store owner, reason to donate two Pennsylania Flyer freight trains, worth $150 apiece, during the show as drawing prizes.

"This is a good, lifelong hobby and a great way to get kids started on metal train sets," said Warrick, of Davie. "These transformer tracks are what you'd call a starter set, perfect for beginners."

When 2-year-old Scot McCoy won a train set, his grandfather, Roger McCoy, 57, whooped and cheered, carrying his grandson onstage. Scot hugged the train box and resumed playing with a wooden train village assembled in a children's play area.

"Oh, man, this is really nice," said Roger, of Fort Lauderdale, whose personal collection of N-gauge, O-gauge and G-scale trains are worth $50,000. "Scot loves trains. He blows the conductor's whistle and plays with my set at home already. He'll get a real kick out of this."

Phillip Valys is a Gazette staff writer. 

 

sun-SEntinel november 30, 2008

 

Model train show staged at Pembroke

Pines school

 

 

By Chris Guanche South Florida Sun-Sentinel

November 30, 2008

 

Ryan Anderson, 2, of Sunrise , watches a train go around the tracks during the event. at the Pembroke Pines Charter School Model Train Show sponsored by the Florida Citrus Model Train Society on Nov. 22. ( Jackie Gerena, FPG / November 22, 2008)

 

There were trains everywhere you looked.

The cafeteria at the Pembroke Pines Charter School Central Campus was recently filled with model trains for a show sponsored by the Florida Citrus Model Train Society. Model trains of every scale and type covered the tables, ranging from freight to old-style passenger cars, and from Amtrak to Tri-Rail. Stacks of rail tracks, accessory buildings, landscapes and electrical control systems joined the trains.

In between the tables, adults and children shared one thing in common: a fascination for trains.

"[Kids] are the lifeline of our hobby," said Ken Sargeant, the model train society's president. "We want to get them involved."

Sargeant said the group reaches out to children by staging the train show and giving out train sets as prizes. Sargeant and other society members also conduct educational sessions about train track safety as part of Operation Lifesaver.

There was no lack of things for children to see, from train videos to Christmas-themed trains. But the show's eye-catcher was a large train display that measured 35 feet long by 15 feet wide. Featuring dozens of buildings and cars, along with at least 100 train cars, the display replicated the feel of an old-time American town.

On one level, a single-car passenger trolley made its rounds past banks, hotels and boxcar diners. On a lower level, multiple tracks ran the course of the entire display, complete with bridges, a long freight train and an Amtrak passenger train.

"It's a relaxing hobby, and it allows you to get away from the real world to a fantasy world," said Greg Baird of Hallandale Beach, one of several modelers who built the display.

With a wireless remote control in hand, Baird managed every aspect of the display, including train speed, smoke, horns, lights and passenger announcements at his custom-built train station. Baird said the display cost between $15,000 and $20,000, with some engines valued at $1,300.

"It's very expensive, but a lot of fun," Baird said.

That was evident for 4-year-old Matthew Hebert, who eagerly watched the trains in the display with his father, Monti Hebert. Hebert said he'd been fascinated with trains since he was a boy, and now his son shares that fascination. In addition to pulling out a train set from The Polar Express movie every year for Christmas, Hebert said he and Matthew take regular train rides down to Miami on the Tri-Rail.

"I'm here for him now," said Hebert, of Pompano Beach. "It's all about imagination; if you keep a kid's imagination, your mind stays fresh."

Model trains were a longtime hobby for vendor Don Croswell of Royal Palm Beach. Over the course of 25 years, Croswell has collected a large amount of trains, but he also custom builds his own freight cars by using items such as cigar holders as cargo.

"If you make it interesting, people will say 'I've never seen that before,'" Croswell said.

A former Pembroke Pines resident, Croswell said he usually attracted 50 to 100 children every Halloween when he would open up his garage for public viewing of his large model train display. Some children preferred watching the trains to collecting candy, he said.

Croswell's interest in trains extends beyond models and to the real ones.

"Once you get involved in trains, you want to see what the big boys do," he said.

The show also featured a display of telegraphs and other train-related items such as lamps and spikes. Dressed in a conductor's uniform from the 1910s, telegraph enthusiast Robert Feeney explained and demonstrated the technology to curious onlookers.

"A lot of people have never seen a telegraph, maybe in a movie, but they don't know anything about it," said Feeney, of Plantation .

Feeney's interest with telegraphs extends to when he found a book about telegraphs at his school library. Feeney then learned Morse code and joined the Florida chapter of the Morse Telegraph Club at age 6. Sixteen years later, he's serving as president of his chapter. Feeney's interest in telegraphs easily intersects with trains because they used telegraphs for communication.

"Someone with batteries, jars of acid and copper wire back in the 1800s could send messages around the world," Feeney said.

Visit www.fcmts.org for more information on the model train society.

 

 

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 September  17, 1999

September 17, 1999 Sun-Sentinel "Local Section" TRAINS DISPLAYED: Davie resident Ken Sargeant, president of the Florida Citrus Model Train Society, shows some trains from his collection. Staff photos/Robert Mayer

September 17, 1999 Sun-Sentinel "Local Section" CLUB MEMBERS TO HOST SHOW ON SATURDAY TO PROMOTE THEIR HOBBY By Alan Gomez

SHOW AND TELL: The Florida Citrus Model Train Society will host a Display, Trade and Selling Show at South Plantatiuon High School 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

FLORIDA CITRUS

MODEL TRAIN SOCIETY 

THE FLORIDA CITRUS

MODEL TRAIN SOCIETY 

IS A NON PROFIT

501 (3) (C) ORGANIZATION

OUR PRESIDENT

Dr. Ken Sargeant

1810 SW 105 Avenue

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33324

 

Phone: 954-473-6376

Cell: 954-253-0413

Email: Sarge40@aol.com

Website: www.fcmts.org

Want to be a member?

Come have Breakfast with us at the Blue Moon Diner

954-915-3800

See (Breakfast Club)

If you enjoy friendship and model trains come and meet us. We have Breakfast every Monday & Friday morning at 8:00 AM at the Blue Moon Diner, 10076 Griffin Road, Cooper City, FL 33328 (next to McDonalds). Southwest Corner of Palm Avenue & Griffin Road.  We have our own Private Dining Room. Come and enjoy yourself with members of the Florida Citrus Model Train Society.

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READY TO ROLL

"DONATED GRAND PRIZE"

TRAIN SHOW

OCTOBER 14, 2017

Friday, September 29, 2017 (L-R) Bill Lucus (owner), Ken Sargeant (President, Florida Citrus Model Train Society) standing inside Ready To Roll with the "Donated Grand Prize" for the "Model Train Show" at Pembroke Pines Charter School - Central Campus on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Ready To Roll is a Full Line-Full Service model railroad supply store with 5 operating layouts. Ready To Roll is a must see attraction in South Florida . From Z to G the store is widely known throughout the world. The store carries track, scenery, structures, electrical, tools, engines, rolling stock, a large selection of detail parts, accessories, and scratch building supplies.

Mike Wolf of MTH had confidence that they could get the job done when he asked Ready To Roll to build and design his show room layout located at MTH Headquarters in Maryland. This spectacular layout was featured in March 99’ Classic Toy Trains Issue. Visit Ready to Roll Train Model Railroad Supplies located at 831 NW 143 Street, Miami Florida 33168 . Visit website: www.readytorolltrains.com

EVERYLASTING EMBROIDERY

"WHERE WE GET OUR SHIRTS"

 2600 NW 55 COURT SUITE 237

Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33309

954-486-7785

F.C.M.T.S. members (L-R) Bob Balog, Bill Tessar, David Mikelson watching as their Florida Citrus Model Train Society shirts are embroided.

ARUBA'S RESTAURANT

"SARGEANT FAMILY DINNER"

FRIDAY, JULY 21, 2017

Friday, July 21, 2017  (L-R)  Kris, Kylie, Melissa, Kaiden, Saralyn, Ken, Rick, Karen, Drew, Avery, Zach Sargeant having a "Sargeant Family Dinner" at Aruba's Restaurant located in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL.

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PLANTATION

HISTORICAL MUSEUM

JULY 15, 2017

Saturday, July 15, 2017 (L-R) Saralyn and Ken Sargeant at the Plantation Historical Museum toward the end of the day. Other Florida Citrus Model Train Society members working  were:  Joe Motes, Bill Nielsen, Don Kneuer, John Michna, Nick Mekich, Bob Balog, John Faso, Bob Brown, Joe Parisini, Peter Colussy, David McClain (13)

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PLANTATION

INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE

JULY 4, 2017

Tuesday, July 4, 2017  Florida Citrus Model Train Society Member Sharon Naile sitting in Joe Parisini's Model A Ford before the Plantation Independence Day Parade. Notice the LOGO on the front door.

"TRANSPORTATION DISPLAY"

PLANTATION HISTORICAL MUSEUM 511 FIG TREE LANE PLANTATION, FLORIDA 33317

MARCH 18, 2017

Saturday, March 18, 2017 "Transportation Display" at the Plantation Historical Museum. (L-R) Luis Figeroa, John Michna, Nick Mekich, David McClain, Joe Parisini, Bill Nielsen, Bob Brown. Other members participating were: Ken Sargeant, Bill Tessar, Debbie Tessar, Joe Pisciotti, Barry Favre, Frank Atanasio, Debbie Brown, Bob Balog, Judy Balog (16) See: Plantation Historical Musuem February 18, 2017 - October 7, 2017

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PLANTATION HISTORICAL

MUSEUM

CHECK PRESENTATION

 THURSDAY MAY 2, 2017

Thursday, May 2, 2017 (L-R) John Feeney, Ken Sargeant. Mr. John Feeney (Curator, Plantation  Historical Museum) presenting a check from the Plantation Historical Society to Dr. Ken Sargeant (President, Florida Citrus Model Train Society) for their "Model Train Display" and "Participation" at the Plantation Historical Museum's "Trainportation Display. See: Plantation Historical Musuem February 18, 2017 - October 7, 2017

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PINES SENIOR CENTER

 301 NW 103 STREET

PEMBROKE PINES, FL 33026

October 13, 2016  The Florida Citrus Model Train Society were at the Pines Senior Center from October 14, 2016 to April 26, 2017 We had a "Workshop" at this facility and built and repaired our many modular Layouts and model trains. We would like to thank the staff at the Senior Center for giving us the opportunity to  use their facility. "Thank You". 

SOUTHWEST REGIONAL LIBRARY PEMBROKE PINE, FLORIDA

IN THE MEETING ROOM

JANUARY 5, 2017

Thurssday, January 5, 201 This is what it's all about "Introducing Youngsters to the Model Train Hobby"  This young boy wearing his Operation LifeSaver Engineer Cap is enjoying his visit to the Southwest Regioal Library with his Grandparents.  See (SOUTHWEST REGIOAL LIBRARY 2016 - 2017)  & (PART 2)

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KEN & SARALYN SARGEANT HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY

HAPPY 35 TH ANNIVERSARY

FEBRUARY 14, 2016

TARPON BEND RESTURANT

Sunday, February 14, 2016 (L-R) Ken and Saralyn Sargeant celebrated their 35th Wedding Anniversary and Valentine's Day at the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society "Mardi Gras Festival" at the "New River Inn". We had a fantastic lunch at "Tarpon Bend" Resturant. It was a Super Day with a wonderful Wife.(See: AGENDA)

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THE DAY WE DECIDED TO INCORPORATE AS A

NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION MARCH 30, 2015

March 30, 2015 (L-R) Bill Nielsen, Rick Compton, John Faso, Bob Brown, John Michna, Joe Parisini, David Mikelson, Mike Lazzopina, Ken Sargeant, Jason Ramsey, Tom Rottenberg, Steve Kneuer, Frank Atanasio, Joe Pisciotti, Dan McMurtrie, Kieve Ehrlich, Don Kneuer

(See: BREAKFAST CLUB)

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VIELE HOUSE AT THE OLD DAVIE SCHOOL HISTORICAL MUSEUM DAVIE, FLORIDA

MAY 28, 2016

Viele House the Old Davie School Historical Museum

Saturday, May 28, 2016  Paul Perotti and his son Vincent standing by the "New HO Layout" displayed in the Viele House at the Old Davie School Historical Museum. Sixteen members of the Florida Citrus Model Train Society took part. 

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YOUNG AT  ART LIBRARY

DAVIE, FLORIDA

AUGUST 29, 2015

Young At Art Museum / Library

August 29, 2015 This Special Young Boy visits us almost ever Saturday attending with his parents is standing by the "G" Scale Layout at the Young At Art Museum / Library in Davie, Florida

(See: YOUNG AT ART LIBRARY 2015)

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YOUNG AT  ART LIBRARY

DAVIE, FLORIDA

AUGUST 27, 2015

Young At Art Museum / Library

August 27, 2015 A Young Brother and Sister standing by the Florida Citrus Model Train Society "G" Scale Layout in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Young At Art Museum / Library in Davie, Florida

(See: YOUNG AT ART LIBRARY 2015)

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YOUNG AT  ART LIBRARY

DAVIE, FLORIDA

AUGUST 15, 2015

August 15, 2015 The FLorida Citrus Model Train Society has an emphasis on the entire family especially the younger children. Our goal is to share the traditions and fun of model trains and to provide a reasonable venue for children of all ages to experience the history, traditions and joys of toy trains. (See: YOUNG AT ART LIBRARY 2015)

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OLD DAVIE SCHOOL

HISTORICAL MUSEUM

DAVIE, FLORIDA

JUNE 20, 2015

June 20, 2015 Kylie Sargeant with MTH remote control in hand operating the Amtrak passenger train, blowing horn, ringing bell, controlling speed and smoke volumn. This is what it's all about including the whole family with model trains.

(See: OLD DAVIE SCHOOL HISTORICAL MUSEUM 2015)

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YOUNG AT ART LIBRARY

DAVIE, FLORIDA

FEBRUARY 7, 2013

Young At Art Museum / Library 2013

February 7, 2013 The Florida Citrus Model Train Society President Dr. Ken Sargeant states "This is the reason the Florida Citrus Model Train Society was founded, Kids are the lifeline of our Toy Train Hobby". Youngster in the chair watching the train is Giovanni Curci with his father Joe close behind.

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PLANTATION

HISTORICAL MUSEUM SEPTEMBER 18, 2014

Plantation Historical Museum Septepber 18, 2014

September 18, 2014  Dr. Ken Sargeant operating MTH Genesis Amtrak Locomotive on the "O" Scale Layout at the Plantation Historical Museum located in Plantation, Florida 33317

See: FEENEY'S FOLLIES & PLANTATION HISTORICAL MUSEUM 2014

www.plantation.org/museum/  

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RAILROAD PRAYER

 

Oh Lord, now that I have flagged Thee, lift up my feet from the rough road of life and plant them safely on the deck of the train of salvation. Let me use the safety on the deck of the train of salvation. Let me see the safety lamp know as prudence, join all the couplings in the train with the strong arm of love, let my hand lamp be the Bible. Heavenly Father, keep all the switches closed that lead off to the sidings, especially those with the blind end. Oh Lord, if it be Thy pleasure, have semaphore block along the line show the white light of hope that I may make the run of life without stopping. And Lord, give us the Ten Commandments for a schedule and when I've finish on scheduled time and pulled into the dark station of death, may the superintendent of the Universe say, "Well done thou good and faithful servant, come and sign the payroll and receive the check of eternal hapiness."

 

Anonymous

MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY & SCIENCE AUTONATION IMAX THEATER

The Museum Of Discovery & Science, the AUTONATION IMAX THEATER and the Florida Citrus Model Train Society presented a "G" Scale Model Train Layout in the Main Lobby and an "O" Scale Layout on the second floor at the Museum from August 24, 2013 to February 24, 2014. Over 74,497 visitors attended with 36 members of the Florida Citrus Train Society volunteering 1,270 days working 5,200 hours. Thank you for the fine opportunity to display our trains.

MUSEUM OF

DISCOVERY & SCIENCE

EXCELLENCE SERVICE AWARD

VOLUNTEER OF THE QUARTER SPRING 2014

March 12, 2014

The Florida Citrus Model Train Society

Horored as Volunteer of the Quarter Spring 2014

THE MUSEUM OF

DISCOVERY & SCIENCE

EXCELLENCE IN SERVICE AWARD PRESENTED TO THE FLORIDA CITRUS MODEL TRAIN SOCIETY SPRING 2014

VOLUNTEER OF THE QUARTER SPRING 2014

PLAQUE DISPLAYED IN THE 2ND FLOOR OFFICE

OUR SPONSORS

READY TO ROLL

Ready To Roll is a Full Line-Full Service model railroad supply store with 5 operating layouts. Ready To Roll is a must see attraction in South Florida . From Z to G the store is widely known throughout the world. The store carries track, scenery, structures, electrical, tools, engines, rolling stock, a large selection of detail parts, accessories, and scratch building supplies.

Mike Wolf of MTH had confidence that they could get the job done when he asked Ready To Roll to build and design his show room layout located at MTH Headquarters in Maryland. This spectacular layout was featured in March 99’ Classic Toy Trains Issue.

Visit Ready to Roll Train Model Railroad Supplies located at 831 NW 143 Street, Miami Florida 33168 . Visit website: www.readytorolltrains.com 

Ready to Roll February 2014

February 28, 2014 (L-R) John Faso, Bill Tessar, Bill Lucas (Owner of Ready to Roll)

WE SUPPORT

OPERATION LIFESAVER

We support, Operation LifeSaver, which is a national, non-profit education and awareness program dedicated to ending tragic collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings and on railroad rights of way. Dr. Ken Sargeant  presents the Operation LifeSaver program. Visit the Operation LifeSaver website: www.oli.org    See: OPERATION LIFESAVER

DISCOUNT TRAIN AND HOBBY

"YOUR MODEL RAILROADING HEADQUARTERS"

1061 NE 45 Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334

You must meet Rick Basini and have him show you his new store. Visit his Website

www.discount-train.com

Come and have coffee with us

Monday and Friday at 8:00 AM

Blue Moon Diner

10076 Griffin Road

Cooper City, FL 33328 

                        

The Florida Citrus Model Train Society Mug

The Florida Citrus Model Train Society Hat

The Florida Citrus Model Train Society Train

"SHERIFF"

August 14, 2014 Ken "Bubba" Sargeant is "The Sheriff" standing behind the Seminole Creek Police Station with his trusted sidekick Deputy "Dawg" John Feeney at his side. The two are inside the Florida Citrus Model Train Society "G" Scale Layout on display at the Plantation Historical Museum. Notice the mean frown on the Sheriff and Deputy. (that was tough to do with all the laughter around)  (See: PLANTATION HISTORICAL MUSEUM 2014) & (FEENEY'S FOLLIES) www.plantation.org/museum/

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11 TH WHISTLE STOP GATHERING

January 31, 2015 The 11th Whistle Stop Gathering at the residence of Sharon Haile & Joe Parisini by their Christmas Holiday Model Train Display.

See: WHISTLE STOP GATHERINGS or DISPLAYS

DON GLASSER "HO" LAYOUT

March 14, 2014 Don Glasser with his "HO" Layout in his garage. See: DISPLAYS

BILL TESSAR "O" SCALE LAYOUT

February 28, 2014 (L-R) Bill Tessar, Tom Rottenberg, John Faso observing Bill Tessar's Model Train Display. See: DISPLAYS

DON KNEUER CHRISTMAS "G" SCALE LAYOUT

Nov. 29, 2012 Don Kneuer Christmas Holiday

"G" Scale Display in his front carport & yard.

See: DISPLAYS

PAUL GEHRING CHRISTMAS "O" SCALE LAYOUT

Nov. 30, 2012 Paul Gehring stands by his Christmas Layout in his garage. See: DISPLAYS

JOE PARISINI CHRISTMAS LAYOUT

Dec. 4, 2012 Joe Parisini stands by his Christmas Layout in his living room. See: DISPLAYS

JACK RUSSELL "G" SCALE GARDEN RAILWAY

December 11, 2012 (L-R) Tom Rottenberg, Paul Gehring, Tony Balano, David Mikelson, Ken Sargeant, Jack Russell. See: DISPLAYS

WEST REGIONAL LIBRARY

PLANTATION, FLORIDA

Dec. 22, 2012 The John Sowden Memorial Fire House Presentation (L-R) Mike Collins, Jan Resmini, Ken Sargeant.

See: WEST REGIONAL LIBRARY

MIRROR LAKE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

OPERATION LIFESAVER PRESENTATION

Dr. Ken Sargeant making Operation LifeSaver Presentation at Mirror Lake Elementary, Plantation, FL. See: OPERATION LIFESAVER

FREEDOMS FOUNDATION AT VALLEY FORGE BROWARTD COUNTY CHAPTER

OPERATION LIFESAVER PRESENTATION

(L-R) Carol Cotton Vice President of Programs, Dr. Ken Sargeant at Operation LifeSaver Presentation for Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge Broward County Chapter at Coral Ridge Country Club in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

See: OPERATION LIFESAVER

PRATT COMMUNITY COLLEGE

ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTION

CARPENTER AUDITORIUM

PRATT, KANSAS

April 13, 2013 (L-R) Dr. Ken Sargeant, Kurt McAfee, Pratt Community College Athletic Director before Ken's Induction Ceremony into the  Athletic Hall of Fame. See: KEN'S BIOGRAPHY

CRESTVIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

OPERATION LIFESAVER PRESENTATION

Operation LifeSaver Presentation at Crestview Elementary School, Miami Gardens, Florida (L-R) Lourdes Evagelinos (Career Day Chairman), Adam Vega, Bill Tessar, Ken Sargeant.

See: OPERATION LIFESAVER

FULFORD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

OPERATION LIFESAVER PRESENTATION

Operation LifeSaver Presentation at Fulford Elementary School, North Miami Beach, Florida. Ken Sargeant giving Presentation to students on Career Day. See: OPERATION LIFESAVER

FOX TRAIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

OPERATION LIFESAVER PRESENTATION

Operation LifeSaver Presentation at Fox Trail Elementary School, Davie, Florida. Ken Sargeant giving Presentation to students on Career Day. See: OPERATION LIFESAVER

PEMBROKE PINES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

CENTRAL CAMPUS

OPERATION LIFESAVER PRESENTATION

Operation LifeSaver Presentation at Pembroke Pines Elementary School - Central Campus, Pembroke Pines, Florida.  Dr. Ken Sargeant and Bill Tesser presenting program to the third grade students on the last day of school.

See: OPERATION LIFESAVER

BOY SCOUT & CUB SCOUT SUMMER CAMP

OPERATION LIFESAVER PRESENTATION

Boy Scout & Cub Scout Summer Camp Operation LifeSaver Presentation on June 12, 2013 at Tree Tops Park in Davie, Florida. The address 2900 SW 100 Avenue (Nob Hill Road), Davie, FL 33328. This is the second year we have presented our program to the scouts. Thanks to our Scoutmaster Tom Rottenberg for setting this up. Operating "G" Scale Model Railroad Trains were featured along with the presentations.

See: OPERATION LIFESAVER

RICK COMPTON DISPLAYS BATES HOTEL

August 13, 2013 Rick Compton proudly displays The Bates Hotel which he constructed and showed to The Florida Citrus Model Train Society members at Kristof's Kafe after our Tuesday Breakfast. See: "G" SCALE LAYOUT

PAUL GEHRING WORKING ON "G" SCALE LAYOUT

AT THE MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY & SCIENCE

August 19, 2013 First Day setting up "G" Scale Layout in the lobby of the Museum of Discovery & Science in Fort Lauderdale. Paul Gehring working on electrical work under the layout. Seems like Paul is having lots of fun. See: MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY & SCIENCE

GRAND OPENING OF THE GREAT DAYS OF RAIL TRAVEL ON THE FLORIDA EAST COAST RAILWAY

October 9, 2013 Broward County Main Library

5:30 - 7:30 PM Standing (L-R) Robert Ledoux,

Vice President & General Counsel (FEC), Don Robinson, President & CEO for "All Aboard Florida" the upcoming Miami - Orlando high speed rail passenger train service, Professor Seth H Bramson, FEC Historian, Dr. Ken Sargeant, President of The Florida Citrus Model Train Society and Operation LifeSaver presentor. See: MAIN LIBRARY

BROWARD COUNTY MAIN LIBRARY

April 4, 2014 (L-R) Ken Sargeant, John Faso standing in front of the FEC (Florida East Coast Railway) Display on the Second Floor of the Broward County Main Library. The Display was in place from October 1, 2013 to April 4, 2014. Trains were provided by Ken Sargeant and John Faso from their private collection. See: MAIN LIBRARY

The Mercedes Benz of Fort Lauderdale MAD for MODS Gala, the Sequel at the Museum of Discovery & Science, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

November 16, 2013 (L-R) Joe Cytacki (Vice President of Programs, Life Sciences & Exhibits), Dr. Ken Sargeant (President of FCMTS) in front of the "G" Scale Layout. See: MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY & SCIENCE

"G" SCALE CANADIAN PACIFIC RAILROAD ENGINE NUMBER 5

January 9, 2014 "New" Paint Scheme & Lettering of the Canadian Pacific Railway 2-6-2 Steam Engine NO 5 done by Rick Compton. See: MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY & SCIENCE, or 

"G" SCALE LAYOUT

ROBERT FEENEY WITH TELEGRAPH DISPLAY

AT THE MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY & SCIENCE

January 26, 2014 Robert Feeney in a Florida East Coast Conductors Uniform telegraphing in the Main Lobby of the Museum of Discovery & Science. See: MUSEUM OF DISCOVERY & SCIENCE

SPECIAL TRAIN PROGAM FOR FIFTH GRADE BAYVIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS

TOUR OF THE RAILROAD DISPLAYS

OPERATION LIFESAVER PRESENTATION

TELEGRAPH & MORSE CODE DEMONSTRATION

HENRY FLAGLER FAMILY HISTORY, AND LUNCH

March 17, 2014  (L-R) John Feeney as Henry Morrison Flagler, Cathy Feeney as Mrs. Flagler and Robert Feeney dressed in a Florida East Coast Conductors Uniform. The presentations were given at the Main Library in Fort Lauderdale. See: MAIN LIBRARY

THE FLORIDA CITRUS MODEL TRAIN SOCIETY

CITGO TRUCK WITH L.E.D. LIGHTS

April 4, 2014 John Michna installed L.E.D. lights in the CITGO tanker. See: "G" SCALE LAYOUT.

RICK COMPTON'S

KISSIMMEE RIVER & GULF R.R.

"THE PALMETTO ROUTE" 

May 13, 2014  Rick Compton's New "G" Scale Boxcar he is entering in a contest. Rick has constructed an Engine, Tender, Flatcar with load, Boxcar and a Caboose.

KEN SARGEANT

OPERATION LIFESAVER PRESENTATION

FULFORD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

May 15, 2014  Ken Sargeant making Operation LifeSaver Presentations on Career Day at Fulford Elementary School in North Miami Beach.

See: OPERATION LIFESAVER

KEN SARGEANT, BILL TESSAR

OPERATION LIFESAVER PRESENTATION

CRESTVIEW  ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

May 21, 2014  (L-R) Ken Sargeant, Bill Tessar making Operation LifeSaver Presentations on Career Day at Crestview Elementary School in Miami Gardens. See: OPERATION LIFESAVER

RICK COMPTON'S

RIO GRAND R.R.

COMBINE CAR

May 11, 2015  Rick Compton's New "G" Scale Combine Car he is entering in a contest in September 2015. Rick has constructed an Engine, Tender, Combine Car and a Flatcar with a flatbed truck load.