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 … 

7th Annual Grand Strand Model Train Show – Nov 12 & 13, 2016

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Oct 142016

The 7the Annual Grand Strand Model Train Show and Sale will be held Saturday and Sunday, November 12 and 13, 2016, at the Inlet Square Mall in Myrtle Beach, SC.

 7th Annual Grand Strand Model Train Show

Show Details

Date: Saturday November 12th, 2016 (10 am to 5 pm) and Sunday November 13th, 2016 (10 am to 4 pm)
Admission: $5 – Children under 12 Free
Area: 32,000 Sq Foot Total Available Space
Features: Layouts (including 12,000 sq foot Sippin’ and Switchin’ HO), Vendors, Clinics, Prizes
LocationInlet Square Mall – 12125 Highway 17 Bypass, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

The Grand Strand Model Railroaders, Inc. exists to further the hobby of model railroading. The club was founded in 1986 above Ed’s Hobby Shop in downtown Myrtle Beach, SC with six members. The club is now celebrating 30+ years. We have grown to 70+ members who form a diverse group that share their knowledge with each other and visitors. The club has four layouts: G, HO, N, and O (Lionel) scales. Come and visit us at our location inside the Myrtle Beach Mall (Store #08) right next to Bass Pro Shops.

NRV Model Railroad Club Annual Show

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Oct 012016
NRV Model Railroad Club

Neuse River Valley Model Railroad Club Show
9am – 5pm November 5th & 6th, 2016
$8.00 admission covers both days, 12 years old and under FREE

The Largest, Longest Running Model Train Show in North Carolina.

NVR Model Railroad Club Show

With over 95,000 sq. ft. of Railroading. Multiple layouts in 6 different scales. Featuring the largest, single entity, portable, HO Scale Layout. Trains 80 cars long and more! Also, a full-size model of THOMAS the TANK ENGINE and a LEGO Layout!!!

Pre & post-war Lionel and Flyer parts and repair will be available.

In the Jim Graham Building, State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, NC. At corner of Blue Ridge Rd. and Hillsborough St.

Jim Graham Building
1025 Blue Ridge Rd
Raleigh, NC 27607

Documentary on Southern Railway 4501 Steamer

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Sep 272016
Southern Railway 4501 Documentary

Every locomotive has a story to tell, whether it’s the passengers it helped carry, the parts of the country its seen or its place in the history of rail travel in North America. Southern Railway’s No. 4501 is no different.

And Then There Was One” is a feature-length documentary that tells the story of Southern Railway #4501 and the men and women who have cared for her. This documentary was produced by a small group of volunteers who had an interest in telling this story to the public. It has been made available completely free on YouTube for anyone to view. This project was accomplished with absolutely zero outside funding.

The 2-8-2 steam locomotive has had a long history, beginning with its creation in 1911. After serving Southern Railways around the Southeastern United States, it was purchased by the Kentucky and Tennessee Railway and renamed No. 12. In 1963 it was retired before being purchased and undergoing a series of restorations over the years as it served as an excursion train.

She is now a part of the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum.

Like & follow the documentary project on Facebook for future announcements regarding special features and a hard copy DVD release at



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

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Aug 232016

This year’s Train Show will be bigger and better than ever. 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. There will be homemade baked goods, bar-b-que sandwiches, beverages and other treats available during 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.

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

November 19 (9:00 AM-5:00 PM) &  November 20 (10:00 AM-4:00 PM), 2016

Danny Jones Armory and Gymnasium
5000 Lackawanna Blvd
North Charleston, SC 29405

$5.00 for each day
$7.00 for weekend admission
Active military and their family are free

For more information or to rent vendor tables contact Scott Barnes at 843-973-1073 or email or

Check out the Charleston Area Model Railroad Club for updated information. Also stop by their Facebook page.


From I-26 East Bound: Exit 213B (E. Montague Ave) go about 1½ miles and turn left on Mixson Ave;
go 0.2 miles to traffic circle, take 2nd exit onto Lackawanna Blvd. (Danny Jones Complex).

From I-26 West Bound: Exit 213 (E. Montague Ave) go about 1½ miles and turn left on Mixson Ave;
go 0.2 miles to traffic circle, take 2nd exit onto Lackawanna Blvd. (Danny Jones Complex).

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