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PARKERSBURG – Parkersburg enjoys a rich railroad history, once boasting two whimsical passenger yards, numerous freight warehouses and two large rail yards used by the Baltimore & Ohio and, to a lesser extent, its successor to the Chessie System.
Today, CSX and Belpre Industrial Parkersburg Railroad trains run the tracks in and around the area, delivering goods and freight.
Railroad history will be celebrated, in miniature, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 29, when the Mid-Ohio Valley Model Railroad Club hosts its 27th annual fall railroad show at West Virginia University. at the Parkersburg Student Activities Center.
The event features numerous dealers from multiple states who set up shop behind 100 tables of vendors, offering old and new model railroad equipment in many scales as well as accessories, apparel, memorabilia, and railroad artifacts. ironware such as antique dining car china and lanterns.
“There aren’t many opportunities to attend model railroad shows for people in our area, so one of the best ways for us (the Model Railroad Club) to show collectors and enthusiasts what who is available is to present this show every year”, said the show’s president, Tom Ratkovich, a longtime member of the club. “The show is also the number one way to spread awareness about our club and how much fun it is to be in model railroading, whether as an operator or a collector.”
Model railroading is one of the most popular hobbies in the United States and is something a person can engage in for a lifetime, according to local experts. Dealers at the show will have everything they need to get started in the hobby, including plenty of locomotives, freight and passenger cars, accessories and other items to add to a layout. or to an existing collection.
“We have a lot of big dealers coming in, and they’re excited, especially since our show for the past two years has been impacted by the COVID pandemic and the year before we couldn’t have a show at cause of the fire at the former Ames factory” said Ratkovich.
The show is the third largest of its kind in West Virginia, he said.
“We expect this to be one of our best shows ever,” said Ratkovich.
Among the dealers at Saturday’s show will be West Virginia Hobbies and Crafts of Teays Valley and Nitro, Bee Line Model Trains of Belpre and Stephens Outdoor Railways of Vienna.
Club members – who will be holding a raffle, manning dealer tables and carrying out other activities during the show – say the Fall Train Show is a great place to get a special piece of model railroad gear. or to get Christmas shopping started for model railroaders on someone’s list. Admission is $4 for adults, with children under 12 admitted free. Parking is free.
“There will be model railroad parts at the show that are not readily available, even online,” said Ratkovich. “The show is a great opportunity to find unique train items, add to a collection, or just get into the hobby. It’s a one-stop-shop for model trains.
The Mid-Ohio Valley Model Railroad Club has over 60 members and holds a number of open houses each year at its facilities located in the rear basement of NOE Office Equipment at 610 Green St., Parkersburg.
Closing out its 41st year, the club will host its annual Christmas Open House on December 3 and participate in the Belpre Industrial Parkersburg Railroad’s Santa Train event later that month.