Abilene has many non-profit organizations that service the community, but there's one that works to inform the public about the importance of railroads in our history.
The Abilene Society of Model Railroaders hosted their annual open house on Saturday and Sunday. Many of their handmade trains were on display for the public to view.
ASMR was founded in 1991 and the president wants to make the public aware of Abilene's railroad heritage.
"We're trying to recreate the past and history and keep the history of railroading because Abilene was founded by the railroad way back, I don't even know the date, but it was founded by the railroad," Riediger said. "They brought the railroad in to get cattle and stuff and to haul cattle back to the market because there was no place, in this area for the cattle to go so they had to haul them by train to the market."
Riediger also said he wants more women to get involved because many of them make outstanding model trains.
"The majority are men that are in it, but there are a lot of women that are involved in the hobby and I've seen the models put out by some of the women modelers; they have outdone a lot of us men as far as their detail," Riediger said.
But kids, they are the future of ASMR. Some of them are like Scott Caldwell, who said he wants to be an engineer when he grows up.
"I just really like them because they're so big and fast and sometimes they have a lot of cars," Caldwell said.
The open house is for everyone whether you want to become a member or you just have a passion for trains. The running sessions are also available to the public Tuesdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. at their location on 2043 N. 2nd Street.
Membership fees start at $15 per month.
For more information, you can visit their website: www.trainweb.org/asmr