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Annual Charleston Model Railroad Show – Nov 18 & 19

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Nov 102017
 
CAMRC Show Poster

Just in time for the holidays, the annual Charleston Area Model Railroad Club’s Fall 2017 Train Show is on its way.

Several new vendors will be joining the returning vendors to broaden the selection and depth of items for sale. Two buildings at the Danny Jones Armory Complex will house the Train Show. Food and beverage service is planned for the event. Several operating layouts will be on display featuring CAMRC’s traveling O, HO and N scale modules plus Garden Railroad displays, live steam locos and high-flying radio-controlled aircraft. Continue reading »

2017 Grand Strand Model Train Show and Sale – Nov 11 & 12

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Nov 032017
 
8th Annual Grand Strand Train Show

This will be the 8th Annual Grand Strand Model Train Show and Sale – November 11-12, 2017, Sat 10-5; Sun 10-4.

It will be even bigger and better than 2016. Same mall location as 2016. Additional details are forthcoming. See the club’s website for more information. Continue reading »

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

ASHLEY PARK

INDEPENDENT LIVING COMMUNITY

1451 TOBIAS GADSON BLVD.

CHARLESTON SC 29407

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CHARLESTON CHAPTER, NATIONAL RAILWAY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

 JOIN US TO SEE . . . HEAR . . . OPERATE MODEL TRAINS!

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