Belleville – Choo, choo.
Adults and children alike swarmed to Quinte Secondary School to revel in all things model train related for the annual Model Train Show.
The event hosted by the Belleville and Brighton clubs is the highlight of the year, for where else can you see a multitude of model train displays, purchase anything a budding or full time model train hobbyist could envision or seek advice on how to tackle constructing a particularly challenging landscape?
Rick Potter, secretary of the Belleville Model Railroading Club and chair of the club show, said this year’s show featured 18 model train exhibitors and 30 vendors. The resulting displays and vendors of everything model train related filled up the cafeteria, gymnasiums and hallways of QSS for the shows 21st edition.
He said that average attendance for the two day show is easily 1400 people passing through the doors to witness the extraordinary displays and possibly purchase Christmas gifts for the train enthusiast in their family. Hundreds gathered the first day of the two day event.
He noted that the adult model railroaders are often looked on as an odd hobby.
But he noted in a light hearted manner that the show appeals directly to children and he said the amazement on children’s faces playing and seeing the trains for the first time is priceless.
The show continues today. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors/students, $2 for children and a family rate of $10.
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