Model Train Show & Sale March 25-26 at Harlem

The 15th Annual Rock River Valley Division Model Train Show & Sale will be Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26, at a new, larger location—the Harlem High School gymnasium, 9229 N. Alpine Rd., Machesney Park.

Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday. Admission is $5 per person—children younger than 12 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and their leaders in uniform are admitted free. The event is sponsored by the Rock River Valley Division (RRVD) of the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA).

Special features will be operating displays of all size model trains, some allowing children hands-on operation. Door prizes will be awarded every hour. Affordably priced food services are provided by the Harlem High School FANS Association. Free parking is available.

The train show returning to Harlem High School will be a much larger show this year. Additional space will allow for many more exhibits, including operating large-scale outdoor-type “G” scale layouts.

This will be the largest model railroad display in the Rockford area—with more than 44,000 square feet of display space.

More than 50 dealers will sell scale-model railroad equipment and supplies, Lionel and American Flyer toy train equipment and railroad collectibles. There will be operating train displays.

All popular scales will be shown from “Z” scale (a diesel locomotive is small enough to rest on your finger), through “N”, “HO”, “S”, “O” up to the garden type “G” scale (a locomotive is nearly 2 feet long). Several booths will feature actual modeling work in progress—where nationally-known modelers will be on hand to answer questions.

The show is aimed at both the experienced modeler and the casual observer.

Modelers will want to come for the bargains at the selling tables, and non-modelers will want to see the trains run on the operating displays.

The NMRA is a nonprofit group representing the model railroading hobby for more than 60 years. The local division has been active for more than 30 years, with monthly meetings, technical clinics, tours and shows.

From the March 22-28, 2006, issue

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