The expo will offer a little something for everyone, as the building will be packed wall-to-wall with dealers presenting models of all sizes and scales. Guests will enjoy hundreds of tables as over 50 exhibitors from across the country show everything from engines, rolling stock, DVD’s, hats, scenery material, track, t-shirts, books, magazines, collectible, and basically anything and everything having to do with trains, in both new and used condition.
There will be over 14 operating model railroads in a variety of sizes and scales. The Miami Valley Modular Railway’s huge HO Scale Layout will be featured, along with Pacific & Eastern Model Railroad’s Gigantic O Gauge Layout, which measures an impressive 26’ x 60’. And for those who even bigger scales you won’t want to miss CINTRAK’s N Scale Layout, which measures and amazing 26’ x 60’. Also on display will be the Indiana Large Scale Railroader’s massive 35’ x 60’ G Scale Layout!
There will be trains specifically for kids to play with, as well as a riding train for kids. A variety of free workshops and demonstrations, hourly door prizes, food and drink guarantees you will not run out of fun things to do.
For many, railroads evoke an earlier period in American history, a simpler time when trains were the predominate mode of transportation for traversing large distances; a time when railroads crisscrossed the nation, and virtually every town, no matter how large or small, had at least one train station of some type. It was the height of the industrial revolution, which many historians consider to be the “Golden Age” of not only railroads, but America itself. In fact, from the late 18oo’s through the early twentieth century there were around 254,000 miles of railroads in operation.
Sadly, as other forms of transportation evolved in the late twentieth century, travel by rail began a gradual decline, which only got worse during the 1950s thru 1970s, as vast stretches of America’s railways were either torn apart or abandoned.
The Great Train Expo is a way of celebrating this golden age of industry. It is a way of remembering our history, and not losing sight of one of the greatest engineering feats of the late 19th century.
- Admission: $7.00 for Adults (good for both days)
- Kids Under 12 Are FREE!
- Indiana State Fairgrounds
- 1202 E 38th St, Indianapolis, IN 46205 [Map/Directions]
- Saturday & Sunday, January 05 & 06, 2013
- 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM – Both Days