Every year Stephen Snyder brings his replica of the old Santa Fe Super Chief train to Dodge City. It is part of the annual model railroaders train show, which will be taking place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24 at the Western State Bank Expo Center at 11333 Hwy 283.
The model railroaders train show is put on by the Boot Hill Model Railroaders Club, which has been in existence since the 1970's. The club, which has members throughout southwest Kansas, meets once per week and visits train shows in the area. It puts on its own train show twice per year, in Dodge City in November and Garden City in March.
“We enjoy the opportunity to let the public see them and further the hobby of model railroading,” organizer Stephen Snyder said.
Previously held at the 4-H building, the event was moved last year to the Expo Center to accommodate more participants.
“The complexity and just the detail in these models, it's unreal in some of them,” Expo Center Manager Danielle Crouch said. “And there's so much to see. I was here last year for the entire show. Every time I walked through the show I would walk through the exhibits and see something I hadn't seen before.”
Both Snyder and Crouch said they are hoping to see 1,000 attendees each day. Model trains representing a number of different eras will be displayed at the event, from steam trains to those from the modern era. Bryan Walz has been attending the model train show since 2000. His 24 by 24 square foot train layout comes complete with interconnecting loops, a passenger station, town buildings, crossing gates, traffic lights and air compressors
“Some show promoters like to go for the dollar whereas these guys believe in the hobby,” Walz said. “… It's a lot of work but when you put a smile on a three-year-old it's a lot of fun.”
The cost of the model railroaders train show is $5 and those interested in attending may purchase their ticket at the door. Children 10 and under are admitted for free.