Ford’s Colony Model Railroad Club to Host Train Show This Weekend

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The free model train show will take place this weekend at the James City County Library. (Courtesy Fords Colony Model Railroad Club)
The free model train show will take place this weekend at the James City County Library. (Courtesy Fords Colony Model Railroad Club)

All aboard for the Ford’s Colony Model Railroad Club’s 11th annual train show at the James City County Library on Sunday.

The tradition began in 2005 when the library approached the club about displaying a layout in honor of National Model Railroad week. Since that time, the show has taken place every year over Grand Illumination weekend.

This year’s show will include seven operating model railroad layouts of various different sizes. Some of the sets will include interactive functions visitors can operate, such as a train bearing coal and lumber that can be loaded and unloaded with the push of a button.

Each of the seven sets includes a length of track, a train or several trains and some sort of scenery, ranging from a bustling city to a mountain landscape to a winter wonderland complete with a miniature ice rink.

Members from the club, which includes more than 50 members, will be on site throughout both days to operate and talk about the models, which they built in teams based on the particular scales of each train.

Past year’s shows have attracted upward of 1,000 people over the course of a weekend, and club members anticipate that this year will be no different.

“[The show has] historically always been very popular. It’s really fun for the kids,” said Richard Eichhorn, a member of the club. “A lot of the parents and grandparents have also had train layouts of their own at some point. For many people it’s a lifetime hobby, and it’s a great thing to see and be a part of.”

The show will take place at the Norge branch of the Williamsburg Regional Library at 7770 Croaker Road from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.