METRO Model Railroad Club’s 17TH annual railroad show and swap meet will be on Sunday, March 11th at Circle B Recreation on Highway 60 in Cedarburg. The show will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
All of the common scales of model railroading will be represented.
A returning favorite layout this year is the Cream City Traction HO scale layout from Milwaukee, WI. This layout features a city scene of the 50’s with various trolleys running down the streets. Among the participants is the WIZ KidZ, who will be bringing Z scale trains. These are models so small that a layout can be built in a cigar box. The Kettle Moraine Ballast Scorchers club of West Bend, WI will bring their popular N scale layout that drew a lot of attention in past years year. It features various scenes of small town America with various eye catching scenes such as a train derailment and interesting industries served by railroads. METRO will be bringing back its own HO layout that has twice been judged best in the nation at the National Train Show. It has many animations and numerous (and humorous) details designed to delight children of all ages. The Lakeshore O-Scale Railroaders will be bringing a Lionel layout to the show and permitting anyone to run the locomotives, including Thomas the Tank Engine, around the tracks. Kids can also fire missiles from train cars, unload barrels and milk cans, and enjoy seeing in small scale some of their favorite movie and TV characters. The Badgerland S Gauger’s showing the classic American Flyer scale trains as well as new S-scale trains that are currently available. The West Bend, Jackson and Southern will showing examples of some #1 scale trains, which are large enough to actually ride on. Dave Gehrke will also have an operating G scale train layout on display.
In addition, more than 50 tables of dealers and swappers will be on hand to buy, sell and trade model railroad equipment, both new and used. The many club members and dealers on hand will be able to help modelers young and old with layout design, problem solving, and scenic hints. Attendees can sign up for door prizes which include railroading books and one year subscriptions to Kalmbach Publishing’s magazine Model Railroader as well as Model Train Cars from Exact Rail.
This is the 17th consecutive year for the show. Membership in all of the clubs showing is open; attendees can talk to club members at the show for membership details. METRO can also be found on the web at http://www.metrorrclub.org
Admission is by a $3 donation for adults; as always, children under 12 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Commercial sponsors of this year’s show include Ohana Ambulance, Kalmbach Publishing, Exact Rail, and Tires Unlimited Automotive Services.