Toy & Train Show offers ‘carnival fun’ for all ages Seaside Railroad Club presenting displays at Roxana fire hall

Summer may be over, and the carnivals, fairs and other summer amusements have packed up until next year. But visitors to this weekend’s Indian Summer Toy & Train Show in Roxana can return to those happy times, in miniature.

The Delaware Seaside Railroad Club is hosting the show at the Roxana fire hall on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission costs $5 for adults and is free for children, according to club spokesman Bill Ziegler.

The show has become a mecca for train enthusiasts not only for the multiple train layouts to be enjoyed, but also for the dozens of tables full of trains and related toys — 70 tables in all, said Ziegler, who said the event is akin to a “flea market and swap meet” for lovers of the miniaturized transportation systems.

“The show is designed for people who like to come and see trains and see how they run,” as well as to pick up something new for their own layouts, he said.

Inside the fire hall, in the board room, visitors will be treated to a large layout with three O-gauge trains running, Ziegler said. The theme for this year’s show is “carnival fun,” and the layout features items that will transport visitors to not only carnivals, but circuses and fairs and other family-oriented activities.

The scenes are put together as dioramas, and each has moving pieces that can be operated by visiting children, including such things as a three-ring circus, as well as a Ferris wheel and miniature bumper cars that actually work, Ziegler said.

Light refreshments will be offered as part of admission to the show, Ziegler said — coffee and doughnuts in the morning hours and hotdogs and chips in the afternoon. In addition, all attendees may enter a drawing for an HO train set.

The Delaware Seaside Railroad Club, formed in 2004, has about 65 members, ranging from junior members who are 10 and older to senior citizens. Ziegler said anyone is welcome to come to the club’s monthly meetings, held the second Tuesday of every month from 7 to 9 p.m. at the South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach.

Ziegler said club members “can be as active or as inactive as they want.” In addition to the twice-yearly train shows held each May and each September, the club holds an open house each Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its clubhouse at Clayton Crossing on Route 113 in Dagsboro (next to Royal Farms).

Members’ train interests range from those who enjoy modern trains that can be run with cell phones to those that harken back to earlier days of the hobby.

“I’m stuck in the ’50s with my Lionel,” Ziegler said.

The clubhouse layouts run the gamut, from Brio and Thomas the Train layouts for the very youngest train fans to S-gauge, O-gauge, HO (which stands for half of “O,” Ziegler interjected) N-gauge and G-gauge.

Also, starting Thanksgiving weekend, the club will once again set up shop in the Georgetown Public Library each Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, go to the club’s website, at www.delawareseasiderailroadclub.com.

 

By Kerin Magill

Staff Reporter