10,000 trains rolling into Rock Island


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Posted Online: Oct. 04, 2012, 11:05 am
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By Jonathan Turner jturner@qconline.com
The nation's largest model train show steams into Rock Island this weekend, with the Great Train Expo Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the QCCA Expo Center, 2621 4th Ave., Rock Island.

Model and toy train experts will be on hand with exhibits and informative demonstrations. The show includes operating train layouts in a variety of sizes and scales, how-to hobby demonstrations and many tables of shopping at the hobby marketplace, with thousands of model and toy trains.

You can see huge operating railroads that are intricately detailed to familiar local scenes of the past, present or that exist only in the designer's imagination. Get a chance to see the only hobby where you can be the city planner, structural engineer and conductor all at the same time.

You also can experience the "Green Train Express" -- the world's only human-powered model train set. Kids will enjoy the riding train and the Thomas the Tank Engine play area. There will be seminars on topics like starting a layout, developing scenery and maintenance. Young "conductors" will find Thomas the Tank Engine on sale, plus everything needed to start their very first layout. Shop for scenery supplies, hobby tools and the latest how-to videos and publications.

Admission for the Great Train Expo is $7 for adults and admission is good for both days, with children under 12 admitted free. Visit greattrainexpo.com for more information.






 














 




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