The Wichita Toy Train Club (WTTC) this weekend will host its second annual train show in Arkansas City.
On Nov. 5-6, the public is welcome to peruse more than 80 dealer tables that will have parts for sale and people who can repair existing trains.
The show will begin at 9 a.m. and run until 4 p.m. Nov. 5. On Nov. 6, the doors will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Adult admission is $5 for both days — $1 off with the donation of nonperishable food item — and children younger than 12 are admitted free with a paid adult.
The train show will be at the Agri-Business Building, located at 712 W. Washington Ave.
WTTC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization of model train operators and collectors for both classic tinplate and current hi-rail trains. Club members generally are oriented toward “O-gauge” (Lionel, MTH, K-Line, Atlas, Williams, Weaver, Marx) and “S-gauge” (American Flyer) trains.
WTTC was organized in 1985 in the garage of charter member Gene Rasler. A more formal structure developed in 1986 with the election of club officers.
The club’s first major project was the design and building of a 12- by 16-foot display layout for the Children’s Museum of Wichita, a forerunner to Exploration Place.
Other early WTTC projects, aside from the Children’s Museum layout, included collaborating with a local HO club to hold the first of many Air Capital Train Shows, the first of which was held in 1987.
Prior to that first show, a modular layout standard was procured and club members began constructing small “modules” — small 3- by 4-foot tables with standardized tracks — that allowed the cost of the layout to be distributed among the club membership.
The layout was completed in time for its debut at the 1987 show.
The club celebrated its 20th anniversary in September 2006 with visits from O-Gauge Railroading magazine editor Jim Barrett and Rich Foster, MTH vice president of sales and marketing.
WTTC and the Taggart Railroad appeared in separate feature articles in the December 2007 issue of OGR.