Model railroad show coming to Willimantic

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Willimantic - posted Tue., Apr. 12, 2011
Mohegan and Pequot Model Railroad Club member Jim Delany checks his set-up during a previous show. File photo by Melanie Savage.
Mohegan and Pequot Model Railroad Club member Jim Delany checks his set-up during a previous show. File photo by Melanie Savage.

The Spring 2011 Model Train and Die Cast Toy Show is always a favorite destination for dads, grandpas and their young charges. It offers an opportunity to browse among model trains and miniature railroad setups, and chat with model railroad enthusiasts.

The event, held twice a year at Windham High School, is the major fundraiser for the Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum. The show features several elaborate train setups, as well as vendors selling a variety of train-related goods.

The show is coming again to Willimantic on Sunday, April 17, just weeks before this year’s grand opening of the museum. “We have a lot of events coming up,” said museum volunteer Adrian Atkins. The 2011 grand opening, scheduled for May 7 at 10 a.m., will include the Annual Metal Fest, featuring blacksmithing and other metal-working demonstrations, and local band “The Electric Trains.”

On May 21, the museum plans to dedicate the new life-size replica of the gallows signal that was originally a fixture on the west side of Bridge Street.

The Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum is an all-volunteer endeavor. The Spring 2011 Willimantic Model Train and Die Cast Toy Show will be held at Windham High School (355 High St., Willimantic) on April 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $1 for children 8-12, and free for those under 8.

The museum will be open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from May 7 to the end of October, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit the website www.cteastrrmuseum.org.


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