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Model railroad club plans fundraiser


The Fort Frances Model Railroad Club is holding a garage sale this Saturday at the old CN station, with proceeds to go towards a train layout and plaque in tribute to the late Ron MacGregor.

MacGregor, who passed away Feb. 15, was a dedicated member of the club, which started up last March with a meeting place at the old CN station.

“He was very involved. He pushed the guys to really do things,” said Vanessa Hebert, executive co-ordinator of the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau, which agreed to donate the space to the club last year.

“Ron has a very large railroad set in his basement in his home and his brother, Ken, has agreed to donate it to us,” she added.

“It was kind of weird how it all came about,” Hebert noted. “We talked at our board meeting about doing something dedicated to Ron. And then the club got a letter from Ken saying he would do this.

“We were all on the same wavelength.”

Hebert added the club eventually would like to get a plaque, with MacGregor’s picture on it, and have it by his train set.

Club president Joel Morris recalled MacGregor’s enthusiasm.

“He was the one, even before we had a club, who pushed us to go ahead,” he remarked. “He’d even visit me at work, when he had a new idea.

“He was always willing to work at it, lend a hand.”

Morris noted club members are looking to lay out a large, detailed track using MacGregor’s set—and will use proceeds from Saturday’s garage sale towards this and the plaque.

The garage sale, featuring items gathered by club members, will run from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Morris noted a small train set also will be set up that day for viewing, and pamphlets will be available for those who want to drop by and learn more about the Fort Frances Model Railroad Club.

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