Model railroad enthusiasts coming to Raleigh for the Great Train Show

Members of the North Raleigh Model Railroad Club displayed a large model train layout at the show
“(Model train building) is a hobby that appeals to all ages,” said David Koss, 67, the club’s vice president. “It offers a variety of opportunities, whether you’re artistic, interested in electronics or a computer person. It’s something to get away from the day-to-day grind and the stress.”

The Great Train Show, a two-day event featuring model railroads and workshops, is coming to the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh Sept. 17-18. The show is expected to attract locomotive enthusiasts from across the United States.

Members of the North Raleigh Model Railroad Club will be there, displaying a set of tracks about 80 feet long and 30 feet wide. Club members built the set with the Central Carolina NScalers, another train club, and a similar club in Virginia.

In the 1970s, local train lovers flocked to the old North Hills mall, which hosted shows. A hobby shop inside the mall featured a model train set and sold parts.

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Some of the regulars got together and formed a club in 1974 that eventually became the North Raleigh Model Railroad Club. The group held its own show at the mall the following year.

“It’s a hobby that many members enjoyed in their youth, forgot about and then came back to,” said club president Paul Ohegyi, 55.

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