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18th Annual Model Railroad Show and Sale

January 24 & 25, 2015

Saturday, January 24th – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, January 25th – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Admission   $5.00 Adults $3.00 Children

Children 5 & Under Free

Location American Legion Post 10 – 702 Pine Grove Drive – Wilmington NC 28409

For more information, please call Mary Weaver (910) 612-0118

     or Eddie Richard at (910) 231-8567

www.capefearmodelrailroadsociety.org

or e-mail: CFMRRS@charter.net

Free Clinics by Tom Staley from Tom’s Train Station of Cary NC

Interactive operating layouts.

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For more info, visit: www.sbmrr.org

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CAROLINA WONDERLAND EXPRESS
An indoor holiday railway  |  NOVEMBER 5 – JANUARY 15

Start a new family holiday tradition and join us for the inaugural Wonderland Express  holiday train exhibition at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham.

This handcrafted exhibition made of natural materials and designed by the award-winning artisans of Applied Imagination, is sure to immerse you in a magical world. Watch as model trains journey through a snowy Carolina, traversing mountains, crossing bridges and disappearing through tunnels.

Bells ring and whistles blow as trains chug along the Blue Ridge Parkway and journey to popular landmarks such as Kitty Hawk, the State Capitol Building and Jennette’s Pier.With more than 340 feet of track winding in and out of hills and valleys, this 2,200-square-foot, indoor holiday exhibition is sure to delight all ages.

Cost: Members  $4 per person
General public  $5 per person, plus the cost of admission
Purchase tickets at the Admissions Desk
http://www.ncmls.org/visit/events/wonderland-express

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Source: http://www.enctoday.com

Sun Journal Staff

There was a common denominator between the hundreds of people who came to Saturday’s opening day of the Carolina Coastal Railroaders show and the trains they came to see — both were all ages and sizes.

The 16th annual show, which continues today at New Bern High, featured a lobby full of vendors with any possible train or accessory. Inside the gym, there were 10 layouts — complete with detailed miniature scenery — and trains of varying sizes and historic reference.

Nic and Juanita Nicastro come from Newport to the show each year and walk away with memories and bags of trains and parts.

“I’m a collector, an operator and an accumulator,” he said of his own home layout, which measures more than 13 by 19 feet, with three different train “yards.”

He had trains as a child and when the couple started a family in the early 1970s, they wanted trains for the children.

He saw a want ad for trains for sale, so he bought six two-foot-square boxes. The Nicastros were off and running as collectors.

“It’s a toy,” he said of trains. “And I’m just a bigger kid.”

Juanita said that while collecting trains that date to the 1900s, it had given her a sense of watching changes in the way American manufacturing has changed over the years in production and materials, from tin to injection plastics.

Allison Stusse of Havelock brought her sons Noah, Henry and George — ages 2 to nearly 6 — because “They love trains. They have trains, too many trains.”

The Stusse brothers are still in the early stages of train love, with wooden trains that they have to push around the tracks.

“But, they build new track every day,” said their mother, as the three boys pointed and intently watched larger motorized miniatures in front of them at the Garden Railway Society’s layout.

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The Great Train Expo is a national, traveling show that caters to the model railroad enthusiast. The show features 200-500 tables of train dealers, who offer everything from…

HO Scale, N Scale, Lionel (O Gauge), G Gauge, Z Scale, American Flyer (S Gauge), hobby tools, die-cast vehicles, train whistles, scenery items, Railroadiania Slides, t-shirts, videos, railroad gift items, books, photos and much, MUCH MORE !

The show offers a variety of operating model railroad and toy layouts for the entire family to enjoy in many different scales and gauges. Check them out and get some great ideas for your own layout! If you’re interested in joining a local model railroading club, the Great Train Expo is a great place to visit some of the different clubs in your area and learn more about them. Visit http://www.trainexpoinc.com

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Pictures from The Great Train Expo in Winston-Salem, NC
on March 27, 2010 located on the Tarheel Trains Facebook Page!

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Source: http://www.hotoytrains.com

For the past year I’ve been compiling a list of model train stores for my model railroading website.  These shops all look like a lot of fun to visit, but what are the most popular?   Here is a list for the states of North Carolina and South Carolina.

The most popular model railroading shops (based on online chatter) in North Carolina and South Carolina are:

10. The Hobby House in Hendersonville, North Carolina

9. Todd’s Train Depot in Wendell, North Carolina

8. Little Choo Choo Shop in Spencer, North Carolina

7. Rail and Spike Trains in Easley, South Carolina

6. The Train Loft in Winston Salem, North Carolina

5. Factory Direct Trains in Asheville, North Carolina

4. Blue Ridge Hobbies in Greenville, South Carolina

3. Time Zone Hobbies and Toys in Aiken, South Carolina

2. Tom’s Train Station in Raleigh, North Carolina

…and the most popular shop for model trains in North Carolina or South Carolina is…

1. Greensboro Electric Trains in Greensboro, North Carolina

Hobby shops not quite making my top 10 were ABC RC Hobby in Forest City, North Carolina; Chuck’s Trains in Landis, North Carolina; Dry Bridge Station in Mount Airy, North Carolina; Hayes Hobby House in Fayetteville, North Carolina; Leland’s Toy Trains and Planes in Hildebran, North Carolina; Zoo Toys and Trains in Wilmington, North Carolina; Hobby Station in Bethune, South Carolina; New Brookland RR and Hobby in West Columbia, South Carolina; SVC Trains in Georgetown, South Carolina; and The Great Escape Bicycles and Hobby Shop in Spartanburg, Anderson, and Greenville, South Carolina.

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Source: http://www.mtairynews.com

by Tom Joyce
Trains have held a fascination for Mike King since he was 3 years old, but his professional involvement with them soon will end when King closes his model-train store in downtown Mount Airy.

Since September 1995, Dry Bridge Station has been a popular stop for railroading enthusiasts in Surry County and other parts of North Carolina and Virginia.

Those venturing into the business on North Main Street have encountered a miniature world of locomotives, freight and passenger cars, tracks, buildings and scenery — helping them pursue a widespread interest dating to the mid-1850s when trains first steamed into American culture.

However, shelves at Dry Bridge Station have become a little emptier in recent days due to King reducing his inventory in anticipation of the store’s closing, the date of which had not been set as of Tuesday.

Although he has a lifelong interest in trains, King said he decided to retire from the store that he has operated with the help of Beulah Whitaker, its only full-time employee.

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