From DChieftain.com: Toy train show returns to Socorro
The ninth annual Toy Train Show and Swap Meet will be held in Socorro at
the Best Western Hotel Convention Center on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011.
The Convention Center is just off I-25 exit 150, behind McDonalds. Signs
on California Street will direct you to show parking. The show will run
from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and will feature toy and model trains of all
sizes and gauges.
The show is sponsored by the New Mexico Division of the Toy Train
Operating Society (TTOS), the Socorro Train Gang model railroad club and
the city of Socorro. There will be operating layouts, raffle prizes and
vendors selling toy and model railroad equipment and railroad
memorabilia. Raffle prizes will be drawn at 3 p.m. Admission is $1 per
person and $2 per family.
There will also be tracks available to test run any model train
equipment that you may be considering for purchase. Many of the vendors
are experts in all aspects of toy train operation and model railroading
and will be happy to answer your questions.
This year the show will feature several operating layouts, including
the return of the “Summerville and Northlands Lines” portable model
railroad. Kids will want to stop by and try their hand at doing some
operating. As well, there is a short quiz to take that, if completed,
will earn you a three by four-inch “Summerville and Northlands” sticker.
The New Mexico Division of the Toy Train Operating Society will have
its modular “O” scale layout set up and running. The Socorro Train Gang
model railroad club will also be operating its Christmas Raffle layout.
Model railroading has been called “The World’s Greatest Hobby.”
Whether you just like to run toy trains or build elaborate layouts, this
hobby has something for everyone. Come join us and find out for
yourself how much fun model railroading can be. If you have an old toy
or model train set in the closet or attic and want to know if it still
runs or how much it is worth, dust it off and bring it to the show. Some
old toy train sets have become quite valuable and most can be brought
back to life for the enjoyment of both big and little kids.
In conjunction with the show Socorro Train Gang members will be
available to take interested folks on a tour to the Hammel Museum to see
the club’s layouts. If you are interested in the tour you can sign up
at the show’s registration desk. If you have any questions please call