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Chug Through History at Annual Trail Show

Steam? Diesel? Z-Scale? G-Scale? West Wisconsin show will have it all

Travel through 200 years of history, and see 3D samples of life from across all 3,000 miles of the United States at this year’s 19th annual West Wisconsin Railroad Club Train Show.

The show – which runs Oct. 9-10 at the Eau Claire YMCA Indoor Sports Center, 3456 Craig Road – will feature no shortage of model train layouts, train memorabilia, vendor tables, and so much more. Enjoy scenic, dynamic displays that chug along model tracks, or check out static displays that demonstrate the intricacies of America’s beloved transportation method: trains. Layouts are both indoors and outdoors, and come in tiny Z-scale to large to G-scale size.

“Layouts are a good way to preserve history in a place where others can learn about it,” Roger Elliot, president of the West Wisconsin Railroad Club, said in a press release. “Many railroaders celebrate the history of railroading in our country by modeling railroads that no longer exist.”

Tickets are $8 for adults and high school-age children ($7 with a non-perishable food donation), $3 for kids in elementary and middle school, and free for kids 5 and under. Senior living and assisted living residents also have free admission.

“Railroads have played a critical role in the history of our country and the advance of the growing population across the continent,” Elliot said. “They continue to serve our nation by transporting passengers and freight rapidly and efficiently. … Attending a train show will allow you to experience and appreciate the talents of those who like to share the hobby.”

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Rebecca Mennecke joined the Volume One team as Associate Editor in 2020. Rebecca studied creative writing and journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and formerly served as editor of None of the Above, managing editor of The Spectator...