Grandson and train show

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Bill Pontin, Apr 7, 2003.

  1. Bill Pontin

    Bill Pontin Member

    Our club just participated this past Sunday in a small local train show here in Milford, CT. Was a little apprehensive about asking to bring my 12 year old grandson to participate in all the stages of setting up the train modules, running and tear down. NO PROBLEM!, his small size and youthfull physical abilities allowed him to get under the modules and hook up all the electrical connections with no problem. I don't think there was a club member he did not assist in some way sitting up their modules with his youthfull exuberane.

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  2. Bill Pontin

    Bill Pontin Member

    He played engineer with all Grandpa's trains for most of the running day. He was a very serious engineer and loved every minute of it. He was so much a help that all the club members have asked him to participate regularly. Golly - he sure made me proud.

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  3. N Gauger

    N Gauger 1:20.3 Train Addict

    COOL!!!! :D :D :D

    Did you buy him an Engineer's cap yet???

    The main reason he's that involved with the hobby is he has a great role model. :) :) :)
  4. interurban

    interurban Active Member


    Well done Bill, You should be very proud of that handsome trainloving Grandson.
    He will be at your side for a long while and thats a blessing for you and for him.;)
  5. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Bless you both, what a great story!!!
  6. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    Ya, thanks for sharing that with us, Bill. Good lookin', smart, and not afraid of work. He should go far!
  7. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    At the 2001 National Train Show, it was a boy, about the same age as your grandson, who won the "chairman's award" for his module. Sounds to me like your grandson could do as well. Keep encouraging him.
  8. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    Good for both of you! A fun day and it sounds like some really solid connections were made.:) :) :)

  9. Greg Elems

    Greg Elems Member

    Great shots and story. I've found that kids will rise to the occasion if given the opportunity. Maybe next time he will have his own train to operate. It bodes well for the hobby, because people like you take the time to include their kids and grand kids. I for one would like to hear more about his participation, and I will be sure to share this with my boys. Thanks for a positive story in todays troubled times.

    Greg Elems
  10. aartwmich

    aartwmich Member

    Well you know, the integrity of children comes from their parents..and grandparents. Someone did a good job ;)

    What a lucky boy to have a grandfather like you!
  11. Peirce

    Peirce Member

    Greg touched on a point I believe should be given greater emphasis. That is, young people, such as your grandson, when they do good things, don't get enough public recognition. You and your grandson are the kind of role models our society very much needs. Thanks for sharing.
  12. shamus

    shamus Registered Member

    Real nice that story, also great to see the young ones getting in on the ground floor by helping out at a train show. Well done, I do like that
  13. Dave Flinn

    Dave Flinn Member

    Great story. I have a grandson just a couple of years older. He has been to a couple of National Train Shows, but I haven't really tried to get him involved. Guess maybe I should.

    If this great grandpa-grandson duo wants to come to Central New York later this month, we could probably use your help at our Railfair <g>.
  14. i need to buy me one of those to help me out *chuckle*
  15. TR-Flyer

    TR-Flyer Member

    Hi Bill:
    Looks like y'all had a good weekend. I'm sure seeing the positive reactions to his participation was great. Keep encouraging him to find the things about the hobby that interest him and then let him do them. Spending the time together learning from one another is time well spent.

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