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The Raleigh News & Observer’s series of articles titled “NC's Best Kept Secrets” had this to say about Craven County and the Carolina Coastal Railroaders.

Carolina Coastal Railroaders, New Bern

If you love the sound of a train in the distance, think how much fun it could be to hold a locomotive in your hand. Open to anyone interested in model railroading, this club has more than three dozen members, some of whom worked on real railroads or grew up around them and never shook the fascination. In their 1,700-square-foot clubhouse, the Coastal Railroaders have built a layout that recreates the major architectural and geographical landmarks of New Bern, and depicts other real and fictional cities between Morehead City and Asheville as they might have appeared around 1950, except they’re 1/87th actual size. The club holds regular “operating sessions,” during which participants are assigned a diesel or steam train hauling tiny passengers or freight and try to make their deliveries on time. Members hold clinics and open houses, and the group holds an annual train show. The 2016 show will be at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center Feb. 20-21. For information, contact club President Joe Hofmann at 252-638-8872 or go to The group meets at 2001-B South Glenburnie Road, at the back of the Eye Care Center building. The clubhouse is open Saturdays 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and Thursdays 7 to 9 p.m.

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