Another annual event - mark it on your calendar for next year.
From KVal.com: Model Railroad Show takes tracks to the mall
EUGENE, Ore. -- All aboard for the 34th Model Railroad show in the Valley River Center!
Many of the train aficionados that visited the show on Saturday said
that their love of model trains stemmed from having one as a kid.
“When I was about 5 years old - back in 1955 - I got my first Lionel
train set that my dad turned into this huge train table,” said Frank
Sharpy, scoping out the intricate railways that filled the Valley
River’s plaza. “Nowhere near this exotic … but ever since I have loved
Sharpy said he took his grandson to the show not once, but twice this weekend; per his grandson’s request.
"His eyes are glowing, he says ‘Pick me up, show me more trains!’,”
Sharply said. “As I said, we came twice and he will probably want to
come back tomorrow."
The exhibit features models of historic locomotives and even a model of the Hogwarts Express from the Harry Potter series.
The people behind the exhibits said that they love having the
opportunity to work with other enthusiasts, building the models from
scratch and working on electronics.
“I personally love working with he small stuff. I love taking a box
of garbage and making it look like the stuff that is running over here,”
said Fred Miranda, a member of the Willamette Cascade Model Railroad
Club, a group that has been together since the 1970’s.
The show isn’t all about model trains. Operation Lifesaver has a
booth devoted to educating kids and adults about railroad safety.
“Realize these things can't stop on a dime and they are heavy … even
semis and logging trucks don't survive against them,” said Miranda.
The Model Railroad show was put together by clubs around the Pacific
northwest and is scheduled to keep on rolling through Sunday.