Trains are a reminder of pastor’s dad, grandfathers

Bradley Ketcham adjusts the controls. Behind him are Justin Oliva and

Lillie Hoffman. TIMES photo by DOLORES CULLEN

BY DOLORES CULLEN

Every year about Christmas time Pastor Bradley Ketcham of Grace Lutheran Church sets up his model train layout in his basement.

He invites kids in his catechism class to come over, have pizza and look at the trains. This sounds like something that might have been cool in the 1950s or 60s, except that this small crew was thoroughly enchanted by the mechanical operation.

Part of the attraction is Pastor Ketcham’s wide ranging knowledge of trains, train lore and all the related equipment.

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