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Lima Train Show to be Held Dec. 14

December 9, 2019

The Lima train show and swap meet will be held Dec. 14 at the Allen County Fairgrounds between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The show will feature more than 170 tables of new and used toy trains in all gauges along with operating model railroad layouts.

Santa Claus will be on hand there will be a children’s play area.

Admission is $7 for adults with children age 12 and under admitted for free.

The event is sponsored by the Three Rivers Division, North Central Region National Model Railroad Association.

The fairgrounds is located at 2750 Harding Highway in Lima and is wheel chair accessible.

There is free parking. Door prizes and refreshments are available. For more information visit htps://

ARRC to Have Table at Lakeland Train Show

March 16, 2017

The Akron Railroad Club will have a tale selling railroad memorabilia at Railfest 2017 this Saturday and Sunday at Lakeland College in Kirtland, Ohio.

Sponsored by the MCR 5 of the National Model Railroad Association, the event is billed as the large two-day show of its kind in Ohio.

Admission to the show is $7 with a two-day pass available for $12. A family admission is $12 and includes children under age 18.

Show hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days.

Dealers will be selling a range of items, including model railroad equipment, railroad memorabilia, books, magazines and videos.

There will be operating layouts in the N, HO, S, American Flyer, O and G gauges. The Lake Shore Live Steam group plans to have a live steam display.

Lakeland College is located along Ohio Route 306 and is just beyond exit 193 of Interstate 90.

There is free parking with a shuttle bus also running. Food will be available for purchase.

Train and Toy Shows Set for Saturday in Lima, Sunday at Lakeland College in Kirtland

December 17, 2015

If you’re still looking for railroad- or model railroad-related items to give as Christmas gifts, you still have one last opportunity to go shopping for them at two train shows.

The National Model Railroad Association North Central Region division 3 will hold a train show and swap meet in Lima this Saturday (Dec. 19) at the Allen County Fairgrounds between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Admission is $5 for adults with children 12 and under admitted free. The show will be held in the Merchants Building of the fairgrounds, located a mile east of Lima on Ohio Route 309.

The all-gauges show will feature operating layouts, free parking, railfan items, toy trains and more than 140 tables.

On Sunday, Dec. 20 a Christmas toy and train show will be held at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland.

The hours are 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 6 to 12. A family pass is available for $15. Children under 6 are admitted free.

Santa Claus will be on hand between 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. The show is primarily a model railroad show and will feature operating layouts as well as model railroad equipment of various gauges to buy, sell and swap.

NMRA National Convention Coming to Cleveland

July 12, 2014

NMRA Convention logo

The annual convention of the National Model Railroad Association opens in Cleveland at the Convention Center on Sunday.

Convention attendees will visit the Age of Steam Roundhouse in Sugar Creek, Ohio, as well as choose from among dozens of clinics to attend that feature talks about railroad history was well as s practical advice on model railroading.

A highlight of the convention is the National Train Show, which features model railroading equipment manufacturers, hobby shops and layouts. The show will be held July 18-20 at the Convention Center. The show will open to the public on Friday (noon to 6 p.m.), Saturday (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Tickets are $14 for adults, $13 for seniors (age 65 and older) and $7 for children (ages 6-12). A two day pass is available for $26. The show will have 130 exhibitors from across the country.

During the convention, tours will be provided of model railroad layouts in the Greater Cleveland area, Youngstown and western Pennsylvania. Other tours include visits to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, Arcelor-Mittal Cleveland Works, Charter Steel, Inc., the Greater Cleveland RTA shops, Cleveland Works Railroad, Ohio Locomotive Works, the GE locomotive factory in Erie, and the Mad River & NKP Museum in Bellevue.

Walkup registration will be available during the convention. The standard registration fee for the week is $160 where a three-day registration is available for $115 and a one-day registration can be had for $65.

Frederic A. “Ted” Goodman, a principal of F. A. Goodman Architects in Columbus, will be the speaker at the convention banquet on Saturday night (July 19).

His familiarity with 19th century construction methods has led to his firm’s involvement in several railroad station rehabilitation projects, including Jerry Joe Jacobsen’s Ages of Steam Roundhouse Project. Goodman will speak aboutthe design and construction of the roundhouse complex.

Akron Railroad Club member Jerry Krueger is a convention co-chairman and a member of the National Convention Committee.

For more information on the convention, visit the group’s website at:

NS Adorns Loco for Cleveland NMRA Convention

February 2, 2014


This past Thursday I traveled along with fellow Akron Railroad Club member Jerry Krueger along with Jeff Mitchell and Chuck Klein to the Altoona, Pa., locomotive works.

The reason for the trip was to photograph a new locomotive that Norfolk Southern had painted for the upcoming National Model Railroading Association national convention being held in Cleveland this year.

No. 3215, an SD40-2 with a new admiral cab, was adorned with the official logo for the convention.

These cabs are so called because of the way that the glass angles outward much like a ship. They are needed because the original cabs the locomotives were delivered with have worn out.

The old cabs weighed about 3,800 pounds, but the new cabs weigh over 14,000 pounds.  This is because they are made with1-inch thick steel as opposed to ¼-inch steel of the old cab.

Our group was escorted by paint shop manager Scott Giles. He and his employees were very proud of the work they had done, as they they should be.

The new locomotive was on display outside and Scott had even told his employees to walk on the north side of the engine so as not to disturb the snow for our pictures.  Such was the attention to detail of the NS shop forces.

Besides photographing the new engine we were able to get pictures of three of the four executive F-units (the fourth was being worked on).

That’s Jerry and Chuck posing on the engine in a photo below and Jerry admiring it in another. Jerry was the mover and shaker without whom this project would not have happened.  I was fortunate to be invited along to share these photos with the club.

Also parked outside was the Norfolk & Western heritage locomotive (No. 8103), which had been damaged last week. I didn’t get a very good picture of it as it was parked behind a gondola.

Article and Photographs by Todd Dillon