What's going on with those model trains?

PAT FRIDGEN
Children and adults alike frequently stop at the window to view the train display of enthusiast Duane Kinzer. He has been active in the hobby since he was 6 years old.

A year-round display of model trains adorns the window of Century Inc., 27 E. Baltimore St. The current feature is an O gauge Lionel MTH, one of numerous train sets belonging to H. Duane Kinzer. The Greencastle businessman has 75 engines and many sets on display at his home. When he remodeled the office a few years ago, he intentionally added a bay window to house several tracks and the affiliated accoutrements.

The winter scene is highlighted with a Norfolk Southern train, and a trolley reminiscent of Greencastle’s good old days runs on a separate line. Kinzer also obtained replicas of machines from local businesses: cranes from JLG and Grove, and a rollback from JerrDan. They come out at other times.

The step back in time includes a water tower, porter and passengers waiting patiently, a Welcome to Greencastle sign, and an old style train hauling horses. During First Friday, other downtown events, and when children gather in awe, Kinzer turns on the sound effects audible outdoors.

“I love doing this for the kids,” he said. “That’s what it’s all about.”