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Crosslake train club to host Wm Crooks Day event Aug. 30

The Northern Minnesota Railroad Heritage Association (NMRHA) in Crosslake will host a Wm Crooks Day history event from 12:45-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at the club in Crosslake to educate the public on the history of the Wm Crooks locomotive.

The Wm Crooks locomotive was the first locomotive to operate in Minnesota. It was built between 1861 and 1865, and it first provided service in 1862 for the St. Paul and Pacific Railroad, a rail line that eventually became part of the Great Northern Railway.

The Wm Crooks Day event will include a presentation by the man who built the scale model, Robert Victor Wilde; and a short presentation by the president of the train club, providing information about the club. The Last Generation Band will play music, and club members will offer lemonade and cookies to visitors.

Member-operators will answer railroading questions. View the displays and layouts, including an HO historical layout; O-scale layout with a scale model of the St. Paul Union Depot, a circus, a little town, a lumbering yard and more; and a new, G scale train (garden train) under construction and running outdoors.

The club is at 35170 County Road 3, Crosslake. Summer hours are 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 3 p.m. Sundays.

For more information, call 218-821-8357.