Thursday, August 26, 2010

Socorro Train Show Returns

The 7th annual Toy Train Show and Swap Meet will be held in Socorro at the Best Western Hotel Convention Center on Saturday.
The Convention Center is just off I-25 Exit 150 behind McDonalds. Signs on California Street will direct attendees to parking. The show will run from 9 a.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 for purchase. Many of the vendors are experts in all aspects of toy train operation and model railroading and will be happy to answer any questions.
This year the show will feature several operating layouts including the return of the “Summerville & Northlands Lines” portable model railroad. Kids may try their hand at doing some operating. As well, there is a short quiz to take that, if completed, will earn attendees a 3 X 4 inch “Summerville & 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 have its Christmas Raffle layout set up and running.
Model railroading has been called “The World’s Greatest Hobby.” Whether its running toy trains or building elaborate layouts, this is a hobby that offers 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,” organizer Jon Spargo said. “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.”
For more information, phone 575-418-7534.

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