On Monday September 11th members of the Wichita Toy Train Club ran trains at the Prairie Homestead retirement home in Wichita, Kansas. Our local club was asked to put on a show for the residents to recognize National Assisted Living Week starting on September 10th thru the 16th. Five members assisted with the three-hour event. Pictured behind the layout from left to right are John Flinn, Javen Schmucker, Mike Shockey, Adolph Weigant, and Frank LeBleu.
Lots of stories were shared by the residents with the five crew members. One lady was present the entire time and said how much she enjoyed seeing the electric trains. For many years her family had electric trains which were always operated around the holidays. She was very pleased to see the layout and also very thankful for our time at the home. One of the residents was a retired Santa Fe conductor. He had many stories to tell the group and most of them were very entertaining.
Javen Schmucker author
Operated by Wichita Toy Train Club