Generations of model train enthusiasts came to the Sacramento Convention Center this weekend to experience the ultimate showcase of model railroading. The 21st Annual National Train Show came to town with thousands of square feet devoted to model train displays inside the Convention Center.
The National Train Show is held at different cities in the U.S. and showcases the industry’s new and one of a kind products and services from retailers and manufacturers from around the U.S. and world.
Model trains, accessories, track and collectibles were shown at different miniature venues. This is a prime show for model train connoisseurs, from those who have been involved for the past half century or so, to the new collector looking for that special train, track or accessory that completes their collection.
One of the most popular display areas on the floor was the unbelievable 2,500 square foot Lego Mini Land display. Landscape, buildings, bridges, waterfalls, vehicles of all kinds and many more items made entirely by Lego pieces filled the area.
Children and adults marveled at the Lego creations as they watched in awe as trains travelled through the great landscape. Millions of Lego pieces were used to create the marvelous structures, vehicles and moving trains.
Around 300 exhibitors showcased their model train items at the show, which also included a model train Hall of Fame. Intricate tracks were laid out on certain displays and every single setup was done to showcase detail.
A children’s play area was also set up with train sets. For some of the kids, the play area may be the beginning of a lifelong love affair with trains. Many junior engineers were made during the event and wore brand new engineer hats to enjoy the show.
The three day show was very popular for families. Besides the model train exhibits, there were vendors selling accessories, electronics, replacement parts, starter sets and much more. Vendors were more than willing to spend time chatting about best practices, places to begin or where to find items not available onsite.
The National Train Show (NTS) is owned, produced and sponsored by the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA). The NMRA was founded in 1935 and is the largest of its kind in the world. Established in 1988, the NTS promotes model railroading as an active hobby for people of all ages. The show is geared for model train enthusiasts as well as any model building fans.
The weekend event showcased great planning and building feats and made many new fans. Children enjoy the event as much as their parents and grandparents, making the event a very enjoyable family outing.
Information on the National Model Railroad Association, membership and train modeling and activities can be found on the NMRA website.