Toy, train show held at Sudlersville VFC
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.