Toy, train show held at Sudlersville VFC

The Star Democrat - - LOCAL - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­

SUDLERSVILLE — The an­nual Fall Sudlersville Toy & Train Show hosted by the Sudlersville Train Sta­tion Mu­seum/ Sudlersville Com­mu­nity Bet­ter­ment Club to ben­e­fit the Sudlersville Train Sta­tion Mu­seum was held this past Satur­day, Nov. 4.

The event is held each year at the Sudlersville Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany and of­fers model train rolling stock, struc­tures, ac­ces­sories, books and paint­ings, new and used trains — all scales G, O, S, HO, N, Z — and as well as shirts, hats, toy cars and trucks, toys, and col­lectible toys and trains for sale.

New this year on dis­play was an op­er­at­ing 3D Prin­ter and 3D Scan­ner with sam­ple printed ob­jects by train mu­seum co­or­di­na­tor Kurt Sch­waninger. With two large build­ing’s of ven­dor ta­bles and train lay­outs the show this year was bet­ter than last years, said Sch­waninger, and at­ten­dance was dou­bled.

Ad­mis­sion to the show in­cluded ad­mis­sion to the re­stored pas­sen­ger Train Sta­tion Mu­seum which also houses mem­o­ra­bilia from Base­ball Hall of Famer, Jim­mie Foxx.

The big lay­out at this years show was cour­tesy of Tal­ley Ober from Ridgely and was a larger and re­vised dis­play. Sch­waninger said Ober’s dis­play is trans­ported in pieces in a trailer and takes about three hours to as­sem­ble. The pieces sort of fit to­gether like a jig­saw puz­zle, he said. Ober’s dis­play in­cludes lots of de­tail with a tun­nel for the train to pass through and a sec­tion ded­i­cated to Thomas and Friends — a pop­u­lar attraction for smaller chil­dren. His ‘town’ also gives a nod to lo­cal busi­nesses with minia­ture bill­boards.

In De­cem­ber, the Sudlersville Train Sta­tion Mu­seum will be open Satur­days, Dec. 2 and 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sun­days, Dec. 3 and 10, from noon to 2 p.m., with re­fresh­ments and run­ning model train lay­outs. The mu­seum is lo­cated at Route 300 and Lin­den Av­enue in Sudlersville.

Ober’s Ea­gle Line Rail­road model dis­play will be open Tues­days and Thurs­days in De­cem­ber from 7 to 9 p.m. with the ex­cep­tion of Christ­mas Eve. Santa will make an ap­pear­ance on the Dec. 21. Ad­mis­sion is free, but do­na­tions are ap­pre­ci­ated. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact 410-634-2785.

A hot air bal­loon hov­ers over the tiny town in Tal­ley Ober’s model rail­road lay­out on dis­play at the 2017 Sudlersville Toy & Train Show.

Vis­i­tors to the Sudlersville Toy and Train Show look at the at­ten­tion to de­tail on the model train dis­play.

Left, Kurt Sch­waninger gives an ex­pla­na­tion on the 3D prin­ter he uses to cre­ate minia­ture mod­els of his own.

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