Sudlersville holds toy, train show

Record Observer - - Front Page - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­times.com

SUDLERSVILLE — The Sudlersville Train Sta­tion Mu­seum held its an­nual toy and train show Sat­ur­day, Oct. 15, at the Sudlersville Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment. Ven­dors in at­ten­dance sold model trains and train lay­out pieces along with col­lec­tors items and mem­o­ra­bilia.

Braden Ze­bron, 5, pur­chased a Lionel Elec­tric train at the show to add to his col­lec­tion. “This is my new fa­vorite train,” he said, adding that he is very care­ful about keep­ing his trains in good con­di­tion in their boxes and is look­ing for­ward to Santa bring­ing him an­other this Christ­mas.

H-O and O scale train lay­outs were on dis­play at this year’s show, cour­tesy of Ea­gle Line Rail­road, col­lec­tor/op­er­a­tor Tally Ober of Ridgely and the First State Model Rail­road Club from Dover, DE.

The First State Model Rail­road Club’s lay­out in­cluded stops from Del­mar, DE, all the way to Wilm­ing­ton, the club’s com­plete model — which was too large to travel to this show — has a replica bridge cross­ing the C&D canal.

Ober’s dis­play was a fun show­case of trains and cars, fea­tur­ing ev­ery­thing from nos­tal­gic restau­rants and small towns, foun­tains and di­nosaurs. The at­ten­tion to de­tail re­quires ob­servers to look care­fully so as not to miss any point.

Kurt Sch­waninger, with the Train Sta­tion Mu­seum, co­or­di­nates the an­nual event. He noted at­ten­dance has been down not only at their show, but at other events across the coun­try. He at­trib­uted some of the lack of par­tic­i­pa­tion to the econ­omy and other pop­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties hap­pen­ing the same week­end.

Next year’s show will be held the be­gin­ning of Novem­ber. Sch­waninger said he hopes this will bring up at­ten­dance. The show is one way for the train sta­tion mu­seum to raise funds to en­large the mu­seum. In con­junc­tion with the Sudlersville Bet­ter­ment Club, board mem­bers have raised enough money to build a larger build­ing. Cur­rently the mu­seum is housed in the old train sta­tion, which is too small to hold and dis­play their col­lec­tion. They still re­quire funds to com­plete the in­te­rior of the build­ing and pay for plumb­ing and other site work.

The train sta­tion mu­seum will be open to the public four days in De­cem­ber with a model train lay­out on dis­play, re­fresh­ments and a chance to visit with Mrs. Claus.

Tal­ley Ober, Ea­gle Line Rail­road, col­lec­tor and op­er­a­tor.

HAN­NAH COMBS

A close up of Ea­gle Line Rail­road’s model train lay­out at the Sudlersville Train Sta­tion Mu­seum Toy & Train Show.

PHO­TOS BY HAN­NAH COMBS

Braden Ze­bron, age 5, with his Lionel elec­tric train.

Vis­i­tors and ven­dors swap train sto­ries at the Sudlersville Train Sta­tion Mu­seum Toy & Train Show.

Amanda Kerr, left, presents David Brown of Ch­ester­town with a door prize — a gift card to spend with any ven­dor at the train show.

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