Train events galore Saturday


By J Swygart - jswygart@limanews.com



Train displays and goods will be at the fairgrounds.

Train displays and goods will be at the fairgrounds.


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IF YOU GO

WHAT: Train Town model train show and swap meet

WHEN: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Allen County Fairgrounds, 2759 Harding Highway, Lima

ADMISSION: $5 (Boy Scouts in uniform and children aged 12 and younger admitted free)

Also Saturday:

• The Allen County Museum and Historical Society, 620 W. Metcalf St., Lima, will be open from 1-4 p.m. The museum is the home of the Shay Locomotive No. 10, which was built in Lima. Also on view will be a model railroad display depicting Lima and a trolley car that once ran in the city.

• Lincoln Park Railway Exhibit, 199 S. Shawnee St., Lima. The Nickel Plate Berkshire No. 779, the last locomotive built in Lima, will be on display from 2-5 p.m. Due to construction in the area, access to parking is from Bellefontaine Avenue and then driving north on Shawnee Street.

• Lima Model Railroad Club, 1200 Boyer St. The club will be open noon-5 pm. with a large HO gauge model railroad on display.

LIMA — Does the image of a toy train circling beneath a brightly-colored Christmas tree bring back memories from years gone past? Or perhaps you’re ready to introduce a future generation to the hours of fun that model trains can hold.

If so, Lima is the place to be Saturday, with four separate train-related events scheduled throughout the city.

The North Central Region of the National Model Railroad Association will host a train show and swap meet at the Allen County fairgrounds. Organizer Chuck White said the show will offer more than 170 tables of model train-related items. The show attracts between 600 and 1,000 visitors annually, White said, including many from outside the Lima area.

White said the appeal of model trains is as varied as those who enjoy the hobby.

“I guess it’s the universal love of trains coupled with the mechanical thrill of things in motion,” he said. “There are a lot of facets to the hobby, from model train photography to serious collectors to memorabilia.”

White said a hot item now in the model train world is a replica of the funeral train that carried the body of former President George H.W. Bush from College Station, Texas, to Houston last week.

“There are two special editions of that train coming out, and I’m expecting the prices to skyrocket.”

Parking is free and door prizes will be awarded. Food will be available.

Santa Claus will be present at the event, which will be held in the heated Merchants Building on the fairgrounds. Proceeds benefit the regional division of the National Model Railroad Association, a non-profit organization.

Train displays and goods will be at the fairgrounds.
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By J Swygart

jswygart@limanews.com

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Train Town model train show and swap meet

WHEN: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Allen County Fairgrounds, 2759 Harding Highway, Lima

ADMISSION: $5 (Boy Scouts in uniform and children aged 12 and younger admitted free)

Also Saturday:

• The Allen County Museum and Historical Society, 620 W. Metcalf St., Lima, will be open from 1-4 p.m. The museum is the home of the Shay Locomotive No. 10, which was built in Lima. Also on view will be a model railroad display depicting Lima and a trolley car that once ran in the city.

• Lincoln Park Railway Exhibit, 199 S. Shawnee St., Lima. The Nickel Plate Berkshire No. 779, the last locomotive built in Lima, will be on display from 2-5 p.m. Due to construction in the area, access to parking is from Bellefontaine Avenue and then driving north on Shawnee Street.

• Lima Model Railroad Club, 1200 Boyer St. The club will be open noon-5 pm. with a large HO gauge model railroad on display.

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