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Model Railroad Show wraps up

Nov. 26, 2012 @ 08:04 AM

HUNTINGTON — The 55th annual Model Railroad Show wrapped up Sunday after three days in the ballrooms of the Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

The crowds were good each day, said Paul Fulks, a long-time member of the sponsoring Appalachian Model Railroad Society. It was the first time in 19 years the show has been at the arena after spending nearly two decades at Veterans Memorial Field House, which was torn down earlier this year.

“I hope people have enjoyed themselves, and we’ll work to improve it even more for next year,” Fulks said.

For those who came out Sunday, including many families, comments were all positive. Joy Jobe was in town visiting her parents, Bob and Ellinore Garner, with her two young sons, both of whom love trains.

“We love it, that’s why we’re here,” said Jobe, whose husband is a tech sergeant in the Air Force and is currently serving in Kuwait. He had been stationed in Japan, which is where she and the boys live now.

Tony Honaker of Milton also attended the show, bringing his grandson Tyler, whom he has legally adopted. Honaker said it was a joy to watch Tyler because he was so excited to see the model train displays.

“It’s real fun for him to see all the trains and say, ‘That’s what I want,’ ” Honaker said.

In addition to the model trains, there also were plenty of items for sale for both collectors and kids. There also were some other model-esque items on display, including several award-winning dioramas by St. Albans, W.Va., resident Larry Richards.

“I didn’t have room for a (train) layout, so I started building dioramas,” he said, noting that he gets one extremely detailed piece done each year.

The scenes depict rural settings and almost all include a railway of some sort. He also pointed out various landmarks on the pieces that he’s named after his son and grandsons.

“I’m sharing my passion with them, more than you might think,” Richards said.

The Appalachian Model Railroad Society meets at 7 p.m. each Tuesday at the Heritage Farm Museum and Village. For more information about the society, call 304-429-3885 or 304-429-1432.