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2nd Annual National Lionel Train Day – 2016

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Nov 252016
2nd Annual National Lionel Train Day – 2016

The second annual National Lionel Train Day is coming soon. Select dealers will be celebrating National Lionel Train Day on December 3rd, 2016. Share in the fun that Lionel Trains brings to families all year round! You can see the list of all participating dealers at this site, but the one in our Charleston area, and in fact the only one in all of South Carolina, is Train Town Toy & Hobby in Summerville.

2nd Annual National Lionel Train Day 2016

Just like last year, in addition to other festivities, there will be a limited edition boxcar available for purchase (or pre-order).  This year’s car is decorated as an Amtrak passenger car.

2016 National Lionel Train Day Boxcar 6-83498

See you all there!

Reminder – Two Upcoming Shows in Charleston and Myrtle Beach

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Nov 102016
Charleston Area Model Railroad Club's 5th Annual Train Show

Just wanted to send out this reminder that the two big model train shows that kick off the holiday season are coming this weekend and next. Both the show in Charleston and the one in Myrtle Beach are just days away!

The 7th Annual Grand Strand Model Train Show and Sale will be held November 12th and 13th at Inlet Square Mall in Myrtle Beach.

7th Annual Grand Strand Model Train Show

The weekend after that, November 19 and 20, is the Charleston show. This will be at the Danny Jones Armory and Gymnasium, 5000 Lackawanna Blvd, North Charleston SC 29405. The show is Saturday from 9am to 5pm and Sunday from 10am to 4pm.

Charleston Area Model Railroad Club's 5th Annual Train Show

Oh, and if you are in the mood to go to a great shop, don’t forget that Train Town Toy & Hobby in Summerville, SC, is now open longer holiday hours. Plus they will be at the Charleston show above.  Their store hours in November area Tuesdays to Friday 11 am to 6 pm, and Saturday 10 am to 5 pm. They will be closed Thanksgiving Day, November 24th. Starting November 27th and continuing up until Christmas, they will be open on Sundays from noon to 4 pm.


Lionel Trains Warehouse Sale – Charlotte, NC

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Nov 052016

Well, this is the weekend of the big warehouse sale up at Lionel Trains’ headquarters up in Concord, North Carolina, just on the north side of Charlotte. I believe this is only the second year that Lionel has done this. It is the first time I have attended. The sale goes on Saturday and Sunday, the 4th & 5th, but Lionel Collector Club of America (LCCA) members get in early on Friday night. Nice to be able to get in a bit earlier, though it is still quite crowded. 

Little did I know that there is also a Lionel retail shop on site. Those pictures above that are all nice and tidy are that shop. The shop isn’t huge and by no means carries the full range of Lionel merchandise, but it is nice, friendly, and well worth the visit. 

I won’t tell you how much money I spent, heck I am still trying not to let myself know, but there were some great deals to be had. Sections of curved FasTrack were only a dollar each, and straights were two dollars. There were random un-boxed cars, mint in every way except missing their boxes, for just $10. Suffice it to say that I stocked up on all sorts of stuff. But hey, I needed it all, right?

I must also mention how nice everyone was. From the Lionel folks working the sale to the collectors, kids, and other shoppers, everyone was smiling, pleasant, helpful and just having a good time. These are toys after all!

So, to some up, I think I have a new must-attend event and perhaps a new kickoff to the holiday train season. Now to see if I can make it to York next year … 

National Train Day 2016

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Mar 172016

Join members of the local branch of the National Railway Historical Society for National Train Day 2016 with stories, history, model trains and more.

The Best Friend of Charleston - National Train Day 2016

SATURDAY    2 P.M. – 3 P.M.

MAY 14, 2016










Central Annual Train Show

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Jan 012016

The 2016 Train Show will take place Feb. 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Feb. 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Bagwell Gymnasium at the Owens Recreation Complex, 111 Walkers Way in Easley. Admission is only $6 for adults and kids get in for free! Model railway layouts will include N-scale, HO-scale and even live steam. There will be vendors selling a variety of model railroad accessories, railroadiana and more.

Train Show Montage

Click here to access the event flyer

Central Railway Train Show


Show Information: Dan Marett (864) 314-6045 or trainshow@crmha.org
Dealer information: Howard Garner (864) 878-4705 or registrar@crmha.org


Columbia Train Show

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Nov 202015

On Saturday, 12/19/2015, South Carolina Trade Shows presents a Columbia, SC, Train Show at the Jamil Temple, 206 Jamil Road, Columbia, SC 29210. Show Hours 9am-3pm. All gauges O, HO, G, N along with Thomas the train merchandise. Admission $5 Kids under 12 FREE. Visit our website for $1 off admission coupon. South Carolina trade shows concession stand will be open. Choo-Chee the train will be giving unlimited rides for $2.

Over 200 Vendor Tables available
O & HO Gauge
Thomas the Train & Friends
Railroad Collectibles
G, N, S, AF Gauge

SC Columbia Train Show


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