Toy train show returns to Socorro

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The ninth annual Toy Train Show and Swap Meet will be held in Socorro at the Best Western Hotel Convention Center on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011. The Convention Center is just off I-25 exit 150, behind McDonalds. Signs on California Street will direct you to show parking. The show will run from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and will feature toy and model trains of all sizes and gauges.

Photo courtesy of Jon Spargo: People of all ages can enjoy the detailed, complex train layouts the Socorro Train Gang so enjoys building and displaying.

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 that you may be considering for purchase. Many of the vendors are experts in all aspects of toy train operation and model railroading and will be happy to answer your questions.

This year the show will feature several operating layouts, including the return of the “Summerville and Northlands Lines” portable model railroad. Kids will want to stop by and try their hand at doing some operating. As well, there is a short quiz to take that, if completed, will earn you a three by four-inch “Summerville and 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 be operating its Christmas Raffle layout.

Model railroading has been called “The World’s Greatest Hobby.” Whether you just like to run toy trains or build elaborate layouts, this hobby has 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. 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.

In conjunction with the show Socorro Train Gang members will be available to take interested folks on a tour to the Hammel Museum to see the club’s layouts. If you are interested in the tour you can sign up at the show’s registration desk. If you have any questions please call 575-418-7534.