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February 16, 2008

Model Train Show picks up steam

HOOPESTON — Trains will pull into the station at the Hoopeston Civic Center this weekend — model trains, that is.

The second annual Model Train Show, sponsored by the Hoopeston Jaycees and a group of Hoopeston model train enthusiasts, is planned from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 24 at the McFerren Park Civic Center.

Chad Thomas, model train enthusiast, said, “The show’s basically for the kids to come out with their parents to see it.”

Three train layouts will be on display, Thomas said.

One display is from D&N; Hobbies of Effingham. Store owners Don and Nancy Barr will feature Thomas the Train, Annie and Clarabelle in their display. The display will cover the entire stage area at the civic center.

The train on the stage will be a G scale, which Thomas said was a larger size set.

Another train enthusiast will come from Terre Haute, Ind.

The Hoopeston group — which includes Thomas, Leonard Compton, Charlie Pajor, Jeff Cole and Mark Butterworth — will show their train layouts just for this show.

Also displayed will be the Oscar Mayer Weiner train, according to Thomas.

Hoopeston’s design will be a 12-foot by 8-foot layout with HO-scale and N-scale combination trains.

In layman’s terms, the HO-scale is smaller than the D&N; Hobbies’ trains, and the N-scale trains are even smaller.

In HO-scale, 3.5 millimetres represents 1 real foot; this ratio works out to about 1:87.086.

Building steam

Thomas credits Compton with putting together Hoopeston’s first train show.

Thomas always wanted to have a show, but didn’t know how to begin. It wasn’t until he and Compton got together that the idea began to build steam.

“He (Compton) really deserves the credit. He’s the one that got the show coming here,” Thomas said.

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