Loblolly Crew Member George Ellis makes special presentation to Nacogdoches Cub Scout Pack
George brought his Boy Scout sash to show the Cub Scouts the railroad merit badge he earned on his way to becoming an Eagle Scout.
George had several different types of freight cars and I asked the Scouts to identify each one,
• Tank Car
They all knew the Caboose! Many hands went up and some of the Scouts were knowledgeable about the different train cars.
George passed each car to the Scouts and their family members and they talked about the parts.
• Brake Wheels
With some operating track setup on the floor of the depot, George invited each Scout to build up a train by having them put a car on the track.
Once the train was complete, ending with the caboose, each Scout took control of his train with the throttle. Some speed control had be administered, just like George's dad did for him, back in the day. This was a first hand experience with model trains and running model trains for most of the Scouts that evening.
The scouts looked sharp in their uniforms and it was satisfying to see so many parents and siblings attend this activity. Maybe there is a future railroader in the group!
Cub Scouts Pack
about model trains
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