The Arkansas City model train show is set to take place Saturday and Sunday.
Admission for the event is $5 for adults and free for children 12 years old or younger.
The train show will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
The event is sponsored by the Wichita Toy Train Club (WTTC) and the Arkansas City Convention and Visitors Bureau.
This annual event has been in the fall for the past few years, but is returning to the spring because WTTC also has a show planned this fall in Wichita.
Train show vendors
Vendors that show their wares at the Ark City event also travel to other regional train shows.
“We can attract people from as far away as Tulsa, Ponca City, eastern Kansas, western Kansas, Salina and Kansas City,” said Jerald Peterson, president of the club.
The train show will be located across from Paris Park at the Agri-Business Building, located at 712 W. Washington Ave.
“Our hope is to be in the entire building,” Peterson said. “Currently, we are in just one half of it.”
More than 80 vendors will be in attendance. Many sizes and models of trains will be for sale, as well as railroad memorabilia and collectables.
“The purpose of the train show is to educate individuals young and old about model trains,” Peterson said.
There also will be opportunities to find new train layouts.
Ark City appeal
One of the draws to Ark City, for train enthusiasts, is the restored train locomotive that sits in Wilson Park.
“A friend of mine … he’s shown me pictures of it in the last year,” Peterson said. “I think they’re doing a great job — it’s a lot of hard work.”
The event also is trying to reach out to potential fans of a younger stripe.
A coloring page was distributed to Arkansas City Public School District classrooms. All students were invited to color it and enter their creation to win an electric train set.
WTTC currently has members who are 5 years old and members who are 85. All of them have a desire to learn more about model trains and educate the public about their passion.
Since its inception in 1985, the club has encouraged people of all ages to learn about model trains.
The WTTC museum is located at 130 Laura St. in Wichita and can be contacted at (316) 633-1179.