Baltimore, Md. (PRWEB) April 11, 2012
The Great Scale Model Train Show at the Maryland State Fairgrounds on the April 14-15, 2012 weekend, is an all-American event and big finish to the spring break season. The show celebrates the hobby of model railroading that continues to captivate generations of train buffs, serious hobbyist and collectors, and kids of all ages. Marking its 30th anniversary, the show is the largest regional exhibition and marketplace of its kind, featuring all scales, sprawling over 160,000 square feet of spectacular operating layouts, local train clubs exhibits, clinics and demonstrations, hundreds of stations of gifts, train art, books and supplies, railroad antiques, and theater-style presentations of model railroad videos throughout the weekend.
Totally relevant in the information age, "The World's Greatest Hobby" offers something for every skill level and interest, including computer technology, software development, electronics, visual arts, horticulture, landscape design and scenery building, carpentry, modeling, history, and storytelling. Show visitors will have the opportunity to talk to experts from model train clubs -- even a Circus Modelers Group. Many historical organizations will exhibit, including the B&O, C&O, Conrail, and Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad Historical Societies.
Perhaps no one passionately embraces railroading in his daily life more than the show’s co-producer, master modeler Howard Zane. A nationally renowned authority on scale model railroading, Zane’s personal HO-scale layout occupies almost 3,000 square feet of the lower level of his home in Columbia, Maryland. Among the largest and most complex private layouts in the U.S., it has been a continual work in progress and labor of love for Zane since he began building it in 1983.
Zane and his layout have been featured regularly in model train magazines and press, including Model Railroader, Railroad Model Craftsman, in multiple segments of Allen Keller Productions' "Great Model Railroads" video series, and in the PBS series "Tracks Ahead."
Zane is the author of “My Life With Model Trains," a hardcover 300-page book with 450 full-color photographs that chronicles his adventures in the "World's Greatest Hobby" and his journey creating his layout.
Show dates: April 14-15, 2012
Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium
Hours: Saturday 9AM-4PM; Sunday 10AM-4PM
The fare is good for both days!
Ample, free parking
Admission: Saturday $9, under 15 free, Family $18 (unlimited)
Return Sunday free, or
Sunday $8, under 15 free, Family $15 (unlimited)