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Roy Wiley's Christmas Extravaganza

November 30, 2011

Don't miss this year's Christmas light display, the SmartPlan Express and Christmas Extravaganza at Jupiter Town Centre, 711 W. Indiantown Road, suite C5. Doors will be open to the public on Tuesday, Dec. 13, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. There is no admission fee, but there will be a collection box for Toys for Tots and donations are appreciated.

Wiley's model train exhibit, Dec. 13

Wiley's model train exhibit, Dec. 13

Roy Wiley, president of SmartPlan Financial Services and SmartPlan Investing, invites neighbors and guests to come and enjoy free hot chocolate and cookies with the family while enjoying the wonders of this large indoor O scale model train display with accessories that light up and feature moving parts with sound and smoke.

There will be several other fun things that night including a raffle to benefit The Women's Refuge, a shopping bazaar with vendors offering gifts and services.

Wiley has enjoyed model trains since childhood and is excited to share them with the community. When Wiley was seven his father gave him a Lionel train set that consisted of one steam engine, two cars and a caboose.

This was the start of his collection of Lionel trains. Every year at Christmas and on his birthday, family and relatives would add to his collection. His interest really picked up about two years later when his parents moved to an apartment in Bryn Mawr, Pa. that was on the main line of the Pennsylvania Railroad.

There, Wiley got to see passenger and freight trains up close. It was at this time that his his fondness of model trains really began to develop and he set up his first layout on a sheet of plywood in his bedroom. When his family moved to Villanova, Pa., Wiley was able to build a model train layout in the basement, which was the last layout he built with the Lionel trains. After about 10 years of collecting, much to Roy's dismay, his father said that Roy had enough model train equipment and told all the relatives to not buy Roy anymore trains.

Twenty years ago, Wiley sold all of Lionel trains as they were just sitting in boxes and taking up space. However, this was not the end of the model trains. Ten years later at a hobby show that he and his wife Donna were attending, he saw a vendor that was selling MTH trains. Wiley was looking at an O scale gondola and his wife said, "Oh, I like that size train!" That was all he needed to hear and another collection of O scale model trains began. That collection has grown to more than double the size of Wiley's old collection.  Many of these trains will be on display in Wiley's office at the 2011 SmartPlan Express and Christmas Extravaganza.

Once again he will be collecting new unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots. Toys can be dropped off at his office during regular business hours or at the SmartPlan Express and Christmas Extravaganza.

Office Hours:    Monday-Thursday  9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Closed for lunch noon- 1 p.m.)
Friday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Closed for lunch noon- 1 p.m.)


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