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National Train Show at Devos Place

Today, I took my son to the North American Model Railroad Association train show at Devos Place. This is apparently a big deal if you are into model railroading. It looks like a number of people made coming to the convention their vacation for the year. We were looking for something a bit different than them though. He loves looking at train layouts in ways I cannot even explain. He has never expressed much interest in building one himself at any level of difficulty. It just is not his thing. Price was reasonable to get into the show although I have got to find a cheaper place to park downtown.

They look like they filled about two thirds of the main space so that was nice. It was more vendors than layouts but there were still a lot of layouts. The layouts ranged from two foot by two foot displays to displays that required multiple volunteers to run. They also has trains form tiny Z scale to larger O scale. Henry was in hog heaven. I do not feel I am exaggerating when I say that he spent at least 45 minutes per layout. He just couldn't get enough. I had to pry him away a few times to get him to look at different layouts. I did not get a chance to look at much of the vendor stuff but some of the stuff they were doing to show off the modeling gear and trains were impressively detailed. It was definitely a win and I am very glad we went.


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