The Ozarks Model Railroad Association hosts its 39th annual Spring Train Show 9am to 3pm, Saturday, March 11, Springfield Expo Center, 635 St. Louis St., Springfield, MO. The Lionel Collector’s Club of America has designated this show as one of their “special events”. A representative will be participating as one of the show’s co-sponsors.
Connie and Willie Misemer, Mt. Vernon, MO will return to operate the original Kiddie Train providing rides for children of all ages during the show, subject to weather and conditions.
Attendance has grown dramatically in recent years with the emphasis on providing a number of opportunities for families with children.
Kids can earn an Official Whistle Blowers certificate by blowing the whistle on one of the operating layouts and others can become Official Switchman by completing a simple switching challenge. Others can become Official Locomotive Engineers by operating the computerized Simulator program.
Vendors will be on hand to help owners of pre-1970 trains find out what they are worth. Others may be able to diagnose a locomotive’s problem or at least run it on a test track that will be available.
To date, over 90 vendor tables have been reserved with as many as 130 tables possible by the day of the show. Attendees will have an opportunity to view and buy railroad equipment of all scales as well as memorabilia. Ten or more model railroads in O, HO and N scale plus a large portable garden railroad layout operated by the Ozarks Garden Railroad Society will be running.
Mike Landis, field reporter and KY3 Weekend Anchor, will present a look at Springfield rail history, the Frisco, the old downtown depot and other railroads in Green County with his “Springfield Rails: The Track Back in Time”.
Food will be available and there will be many door prizes given away including at least one train set for some lucky child.
The show is made possible through the support from Wells Fargo Advisors.
Admission is $7 for adults. Children under 12 are free with a paying adult.
For other show details contact Greg Sullivan. Phone: (417) 664-4208. Email: [email protected]
Visit the website at http://omraspringfield.org for more information about the OMRA and the Spring 2016 show.