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February 3, 2014

Hooked on the trains

Collectors and train enthusiasts flock to the Antique Toy & Train Show.

Resembling a large train station and depot, Dennis Scamihorn’s model train layout with trees, houses, a mountain and a tunnel is every kid’s dream toy.

With two trains chugging through and around several mountains and the track lined with trees, small cars and several buildings, the display captivated the young and old alike Saturday at the Antique Toy & Train Show at the Ivy Tech Events & Conference Center on U.S. 31.

“It’s large enough that I don’t have room in the house for it,” said Scamihorn of Indianapolis of his massive set-up.

“So we take it to train shows. We’ve been to Detroit, Chattanooga, Columbus, Ohio and St. Louis.”

Scamihorn is among 16 others in the Pacific & Eastern Model Railroad Club, which travels around the country to train shows each year.

Like most train enthusiasts, Scamihorn began collecting train at as early age.

“I got my first [train] when I was 6 for Christmas 57 years ago,” he said. “After that, I pretty much stayed with it.”

“For what you spend in games and game systems, you can get in trains and model trains,” he said of the hobby.” You can spend as much or as little as you want. We have fun.”

Little kids and big kids alike flocked to the events center to check out the more than 250 tables of model trains and accessories, hats, shirts, books, etc. If it had to do with trains, it was there.

Put on by train enthusiast Dave Moree, the show has been running at the events center for about 20 years.

“We have about 50 vendors from as far away as West Virginia,” said Moree. “We have guys from Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky here. Usually we get people from seven or eight states.”

“The good thing about this show is the event runs all day,” he said. “Some just go for a few hours.”

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