Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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March 11, 2012

A model event: Greenbo railroad show starts Saturday

ARGILLITE — Trains of all sizes will be on display at the 29th annual Tri-State Model Railroad Show and Railroad Collectors Sale and Swap on Saturday and Sunday at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park.

Chris Lockwood, office manager at the Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society, said the big draw every year is the 71⁄2 inch gauge operating live steam train. Train operators Joe Holbrook and Don Saager of Lexington will give rides on the train.

“Big and small, everyone comes and rides the train,” Lockwood said.

The steam train rides have been part of the show for eight years.

The show will also feature model trains in N, O, HO and G-gauge layouts along with sales of models and railroad memorabilia, Lockwood said.

Last year, between 5,500 and 6,000 attended the show, and a similar turnout is expected for this year’s event, he said.

Many of those attending the event will be families, Lockwood said.

Saturdays often include visits from many mothers, fathers and children, and Sundays often include visits from grandparents and their grandchildren, he said.

People will also come from outside the Tri-State to attend the event, Lockwood said.

Many of the show participants come from the Lexington or Cincinnati areas, and some even plan vacation time around the event so they can come from farther away. He said attendees have come from as far away as North Carolina to attend the event.

Lockwood said he thinks one of the major draws of the show is admission and parking are free, while many similar shows in other areas charge for admission.

The show is also one of the major events at the resort before the spring season moves into high gear, he said.

Those interested in selling items at the show may get a table for $20 by calling Dale Smith at (740) 532-6102.

The event will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Rooms at Greenbo’s Jesse Stuart Lodge are fully booked, but rooms are available in nearby towns.

For more information, call (304) 523-0364, (606) 473-7324 or (800) 325-0083 or visit newrivertrain.com.

KATIE BRANDENBURG can be reached at kbrandenburg@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2653.

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