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