The Casey Jones Chapter of the Train Collectors Association held their second show of the season at the beginning of December. Show volunteers decorated the facility and even added Christmas touches to the operating layout to create a more festive atmosphere.
Well over two hundred people came out to see the show. This is pretty good considering the show fell on the same day as the St. Jude Marathon. There was also a Christmas crafts show in town just down the road at the Agricenter. Still, lots of families came out to see the trains, and over sixty kids entered a drawing to win a new Lionel train set that was awarded near the end of the show.
The Casey Jones Chapter holds five shows each year in the months of October, December, February, April, and June. The shows are aimed at people with an interest in larger toy-like trains, such as those produced by Lionel.
The Pennsylvania-based Train Collectors Association has over twenty thousand members around the world.
Do you have trains set up around your Christmas tree or in another winter holiday scene? Let us see them. The Casey Jones Chapter of the TCA is putting together an online holiday photo album and would love to get pictures of your holiday-themed train displays. You don't have to be a member of the TCA to send us pictures. You just have to snap a picture or two and be willing to share them with the rest of us. Any scale or type of model or toy train display is just fine with us as long as it is winter / holiday-themed.
If you would like us to include your pictures, please submit them by email by December 20th.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kelly
2019 is almost here, and the new year promises to bring with it lots of activities for the train enthusiasts within the Mid-South region of the country. Be sure to occasionally check our Events page for the latest information on upcoming events and activities in the area. Most of the events are within a day's drive of Memphis. A few more distant events are listed due to their prominence.
If there is a model or toy train event scheduled in the next few months that you think we missed or that you would like posted, please email us the details.