On track to fun

Mini steam-powered trains chug into library
By: Menka Belgal, Telegraph Correspondent
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Kids and kids at heart ranging in ages from 2 to 80 dropped by the El Dorado Hills Library last week to watch and learn about model live steam locomotives. Five friends had a collection of locomotive miniature mid-1800s and early 1900s era replicas. It took them a little over an hour to set up the display, fill the trains with butane, alcohol, oil and water and then test them to ensure that they ran smoothly around the tracks. Paul Brink, who had one of his trains on display, said he grew up loving trains. As a young boy he had model electric trains. He fell in love with steam locomotives when he saw one at Harrods in London and from then on, he started collecting. Samuel Crockett, 7, was enthralled by the whole experience. Asked why he liked the steam locomotive more than his Lionel Polar Express electric train, he said, “You can control them, follow them, and see where they stop. It also looks like you put fire in them.”