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Jul 31 2013

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Railway station model brings a little history to Pontiac

Bill Erwin and members of the Shawville Historical Society pose with the model. From left, Chris Seifried, the president of the Shawville Historical Society, Erwin and Robert Wills, the director of the Shawville Historical Society.

MATTHEW BLENKARN
Equity Reporter
The Pontiac Historical Museum has gotten a little reminder of its past, thanks to Luskville modeler and train enthusiast Bill Erwin.
Erwin built a model of the old Shawville railway station, which currently houses the museum. Erwin presented the model, based on a photograph of the station from 1902, to the museum on July 24.
Erwin worked on the model while spending time in Florida earlier this year, he said. The model took about 250 hours to build, and Erwin said he worked on it for between four and six hours a day.
Erwin’s fascination with the railway comes from a strong interest in history, he said. While he always wanted to display the model, he said that he also built it for his own enjoyment. And while he never found the project difficult, he said that he still had to plan the project out.
“It (was) just, ‘How do I make this?’” He said. “I would sit down and draw it on paper first, and take a look at what was in the market, or scratch-build it.”

See page five of the July 31, 2013 issue of THE EQUITY for rest of story.

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