Train Show Enthusiasts Flock to Events Center

By: Bill Steckis Email
By: Bill Steckis Email

Train show enthusiasts say they travel to shows for the love of trains.

What's a train show without moving trains, an appearance from Thomas, and bevy of bib overalls.

"The enjoyment of watching the kids and people. You can't believe what the reaction is to this sucker," said Harry Putnam of Kansas after setting up his model train and track.

His display is a show stopper for kids and adults. Trains are his life. He will not make a dime at the show, but he might spend one.

Putnam says, "When I see something I like, it follows me home."

Members from one of the Goehner Train Society followed each other to Lincoln.

36 vendors filling 165 tables came to the Lancaster Event Center for the two-day show. One is the Chippewa Northwestern Railway Society. They build one-twelfth scale models that run with coal.

The CNRS can't run them indoors at the Lancaster Event Center, but they say the show is an opportunity to get some much needed work done.

Society Chairman Nate Reed says, "They are scratch built by home machinists and we operate the at the Seward County Historical Society and give rides to the public."

The organization runs the Goehner Museum in the spring, summer and fall. Reed adds, "We have a couple of projects that require more tracks. We felt that we had all of our club members together and it would be a good time to turn out some panel tracks."

The main goal of the society is to extend their love of trains to the next generation with the hope that their enthusiasm picks up steam.

If you'd like to attend the show here is more information:

Lancaster Event Center -- 4100 North 84th St.

Sunday, Feb 19th 10:00am-4:00pm

Admission: $6.00

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