Vendors Hit the Road for Model Train Shows

By: Tim Elliott Email
By: Tim Elliott Email

This weekend, model train enthusiasts from all over the southeast showcased their hobby at the National Peanut Festival grounds.

Model trains aren't just for kids anymore.

It's a hobby that for some has quickly evolved into a lifestyle.

“We come up here every year it's the 10th year that we've been up here just a nice getaway we like the people in this area,” said Bill Hollash from “Hollash’s Trains” in Tampa, FL.

The 19th annual Wiregrass Model Railroad Show and Sale wrapped-up in Dothan on Sunday.

The event is one of the largest in the southeast and features model train equipment, dealers, and enthusiasts who travel from all over to show-off their displays and merchandise.

“We just love to set up and show everything especially to the kids,” said Glen Hall with the Pensacola Model Train Club.

“I enjoy seeing ‘em run, I enjoy seeing the complete layout the trains run on it,” said Dave Ramirez with “Trains by Johnson” based out of Pensacola, FL.

“I really enjoy building stuff and adding detail the big thing is adding detail,” adds Hall.

These guys may be all grown up but the model train world isn't just for kids any more.

“There are probably more adults into it than children,” remarks Hollash.

But these vendors all say they got hooked early on.

“Since I was a kid I kind of grown up with it we just kind of got into it in a big way and now we have a shop in Tampa,” said Hollash.

“Like every other kid start out at 6 get your first set got bite from it from then on,” said Ramirez.

Enthusiasts believe their pleasurable pastime can help bridge the gap between generations.

“This is probably one of the last few real family hobbies where they can, 3 generations of family can come shop at once and they all have fun together,” says Ramirez.

“It's a craft that can not only turn a profit but also put a smile on your face.

“Selling trains, selling fun mainly,” chuckles Ramirez.

Event organizers say they see a larger turnout every year.

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