Dates Of Event: January 28 and January 29, 2017 (it’s usually held the last week of January or the first week of February each year at the Eastern States Exposition Center)
Location: Eastern States Exposition Center, 1305 Memorial Avenue
West Springfield MA, exhibits are in three buildings (the Mallory Building, the Stroh Building and The Better Living Center, they are all adjacent or connected to each other)
Hours: Saturday, January 28, 2017 – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday January 29, 2017 – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Cost: Adults: $14.00 per day
Children 15 and under: FREE Accompanied by an Adult
EASTERN STATES PARKING: $5.00 per day
Tickets may be purchased online or at the site. Tickets go on sale a the ticket booths one hour before the event
Parking: Parking is available for a $5 fee (not included in the ticket price) at the Gate 9 entrance. Get there early as it does fill up
Handicapped Accessible: Yes
Highlights: model trains and train sets, vintage model trains, elaborate train sets, family friendly
The annual Amherst Railway Society Railroad Hobby Show proved trains are not just for children. The fact of the matter is the hobby show is fun for people of all ages. In fact, watching some of the older men and women get into their train sets and even get dressed up as conductors is one of the best parts of the show.
But, the best part is watching the children get excited to play with and watch the trains.
There are many activities at the hobby show geared for children. There is an instructional event where children can learn how to make their own model trees, a table which has buttons for the children to use to move the trains or turn the lights of the train set off and on. There is also a tor train that kids can take, with their parents or guardians, that makes a short journey inside the exhibition hall and other fun activities for children as well as a clown.
There were dozens, if not hundreds, of train sets set up.
While the trains were cool, I actually liked looking at the little accessories that people used to dot the landscapes of their sets.
Some of the city and town layouts were pretty elaborate and detailed.
There was also a cool Lego display. Everything on this display was made out of Lego pieces.
What made this display cool were the hidden characters and objects in the display such as the Beatles crossing Abbey Road (and about to be hit by a truck)
Batman (and friends)
Some famous vehicles
There were a lot more hidden surprises in the display, Can you find more in these photos?
Not all of the trains were small, though. These model trains were displayed at the show. But, they did not have a track big enough for them!
And, of course, there was the steam locomotive displayed outside the event. Children could goon the locomotive and, if they were lucky, they could hear the train toot and spray some steam into the air. It’s a great way to end a day of looking at just model trains.
Video of a dinosaur train, you read that right,…and perhaps the most famous train