“Since trains have been a part of the American history, there has always been in interest in them,” said Gary Jarabek, advertising manager of the show. He has been associated with the show since 2003 and on the staff since 2005.
“The Train Show brings the bigness of trains to the level that everyone can comprehend and be a part of. Young or old, big or small, seeing the recreations of real life in miniature puts individuals in those settings. At the same time, you can see how those recreations are created and how you can do it as well. I think this why the public will enjoy the train show,” he said.
Model railroading brings together all generations, from young children to grandparents. Younger patrons can actually operate trains on a Lionel layout while older children can view a Lego train. There will be five additional train layouts in several scales.
“(The show) is educational, fun and stimulates the imagination. This diverse hobby promotes many skills. It generates an interest in research, requires planning, building scenery, teaches carpentry, electrical wiring, and promotes photography, plus much more. To keep up with the changing times, this hobby has incorporated electronics and computers into its operation,” said Jarabek, an east Cobb resident.
Club members will raffle off a complete HO scale 4 foot by 8 foot train layout with digital command control. In addition, visitors can view old or new trains and procure materials for model railroading with over 260 model train dealer tables. Door prizes will be given away during the two days of the show. The public can sell their unwanted railroad equipment at the White Elephant table.
Admission for both days is a charge of $10 for adults and children older than 12. Children ages 12 and younger get in free. Parking is also free. This will be the 16th annual train show.
Proceeds from The Model Train Show are used to promote the model railroad hobby.
The Cobb Galleria Centre is at Two Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. For more information, visit www.themodeltrainshow.