AUBURN, Mass. - The Worcester Model Railroaders held their 22nd annual Show and Sale on Sunday. About 250 people braved a steady snow and trekked through the slush in the Auburn Elks parking lot to attend.
WMRR spokesman Ralph Kimball said many attendees were "diehard model railroaders" and the 29 dealers did well.
A big draw at this show was the modular layout owned by the Amherst Railway Society. Their HO scale Amherst Belt Lines is built in sections that store in a trailer between shows. The configuration can be adjusted to the display area, and all trains are controlled by wireless throttles.
Northbridge's Greg Maas, a member of Amherst Railway, said their organization wants to increase interest in the hobby for the next generations.
This was evident as he handed his throttle to 8-year-old Dakota Kuizinas from Auburn. Kuizinas was able to control the speed of his train and could also remotely blow the horn and adjust the headlights. This sophisticated locomotive has a sound speaker inside the shell, and observers could hear the simulated diesel motor, warning signals, and even the dynamic brakes at work as the engine slowed.
The Worcester Model Railroaders hold their show on the last Sunday in February every year. According to Kimball, this was first time they had to consider a cancellation. Some fans, and many children, did not make the event, but the next show is less than 365 days away.
Throughout the year, the WMRR meet at their club in Dudley, MA where they are building a permanent HO scale 43'x51' layout, a modular N scale layout, and a G scale layout. They are always looking or new members to share in this great hobby. If interested, visit wmrr.org