SHIRLEY -- Scouts from Shirley Boy Scout Troop 7 visited the Nashua Valley Railroad Association model railroad club in Phoenix Park, Shirley, to learn about railroads and the hobby of model railroading.

Under the guidance of several club members, they had the opportunity to run trains on the club's extensive, two-level layout, which approximates the railroad running through Shirley. The computer-controlled trains, which could all run independently of each other, made for realistic operation, and the Scouts had to take care just as real engineers would to avoid getting too close together.

A demonstration was given on the techniques for modeling rock cuts using plaster, color washes, ground foam and actual forest clutter. As part of the demonstration, several Scouts had the opportunity to try their hand at coloring and texturing their own samples. All seemed to have a great time.

This visit was part of the club's community education program, as was their recent Railfair, held Sunday, April 7, at the Ayer-Shirley Regional Middle School.