Coastal Carolina Trainfest – April 1 & 2, 2017

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Mar 012017
Coastal Carolina Trainfest

Plan Now to Attend 2017 Trainfest, April 1st and 2nd, 2017.

Six Model Railroad Organizations from across eastern North Carolina join forces to spread the joy of model railroading

Saturday, April 1st – 10 AM till 5 PM
Sunday, April 2nd – 10 AM till 4 PM

Trainfest is held annually in historic downtown Wilmington, at the Coastline Conference Center. Formerly an Atlantic Coast Line freight depot, this facility has a rich railroading history and offers a convenient location, being just across the parking lot from the Wilmington Railroad Museum, and at one end of downtown Wilmington’s Riverwalk

Coastline Conference Center
501 Nutt Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

-$10 Per Adult
-Children 16 and under free when accompanied by an adult
-Show opens at 10 AM on both days
-Tickets will be available during both days of the show at either the front desk in the Coastline Conference Center or the Wilmington Railroad Museum.
– Price of admission to Trainfest includes free admission to the Wilmington Railroad Museum throughout the duration of the show.
-Tickets are valid for admission during both days of Trainfest

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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 … 

Annual New Bern Model Railroad Show

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Jan 262015

The Carolina Coastal Railroaders is proud to announce that their 20th Annual Train Show will be held February 21 and 22 in New Bern, North Carolina. The show will be held at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center along the beautiful downtown New Bern waterfront.

The club promises “more layouts, more vendors and more room for you to enjoy the trains.”

Check out the Carolina Coastal Railroaders website for more details.



Historic Spencer Shops Train Show

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Aug 042014

Historic Spencer Shops Train ShowThe Historic Spencer Shops Train Show will be held this year on August 23 and 24 at the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer, North Carolina.

The show features vendors with railroad memorabilia of all types, model train layouts, model train dealers, collectors, workshops, and activities for the entire family.

This years event will have a special focus on the Class J 611 passenger locomotive which is undergoing restoration at the Spencer Shops. The special speakers will be Preston Claytor, project manager of  ‘Fire Up! 611‘  and Scott Lindsay, owner of Steam Operations Corporation and project leader of  ‘Fire Up! 611‘ . 611 is a historic steam locomotive once owner by Norfolk & Western, and now part of the collection of the Virginia Transportation Museum. She is undergoing restoration to bring her back to full operational status.

During the event there will be train rides and, of course, the museum will be open for tours and exploration. Normal admission rates will apply.

12th Annual NC Railroad Expo

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Apr 012014

12th Annual NC Railroad ExpoOn April 12, 2014, the Alexander Chapter-NRHS will host the 12th Annual North Carolina Railroad Expo at the Hickory NC Metro & Convention Center. Located in Hickory, directly off I-40, and extremely convenient to Charlotte, Greensboro, Asheville, Greenville, and Roanoke.

Vendors will be stocking approximately 250 tables full of neat items, and over 1000 people are expected to attend the event- an amazing number for a one day show. Many dealers comment that this show is one of the best shows on the train show circuit.

All proceeds from the show benefit the museum and restoration efforts of the Alexander Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society.

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