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Annual Guide to Viewing Operating Model Railroad Layouts

Trainville Hobby Depot has once again compiled a guide list of locations to view operating model railroads, now until the end of April 2012. These include open-house events by clubs with permanent layouts as well as train shows at various locations.

The Trainmasters of Babylon, West Island Model Railroad Club, and Nassau Lionel Operating Engineers, all have open houses scheduled.

The biggest weekend of this holiday season will be on Dec. 9, 10, and 11. Not only are there open houses, but Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Trainville Hobby Depot will present “Take the Planes to the Trains II” at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Mitchel Field.

The largest all-around Annual Train Show on Long Island is put on every January by the Great South Bay Model Railroad Club. They are celebrating their 22nd show on Jan. 8, 2012 at the Freeport Recreation Center.

Complete listings can be found at by looking up both the show and operating layouts schedules.

The model railroading season runs through the end of April 2012 when the original “Take The Trains To The Planes” returns to the American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport in Farmingdale on the 28th and 29th of the month. Bringing together model train layout exhibits with aviation museums is a concept that has been very successful and well received.

All of these events are fundraisers. Admission varies, sometimes even being free, although you may be asked to buy a raffle or make a donation.

Trainville Hobby Depot exhibits an N-Scale layout at many venues trying to promote model railroading interest in potential new hobbyists. The layout is recognized as an ambassador of the model railroad hobby as over a dozen manufacturers sponsor it.

Trainville Hobby Depot operates out of a warehouse/showroom in Hicksville by appointment giving one-to-one service and guidance to their customers. They can be reached via e-mail through their website or by calling 516-433-4444.

Even if you’re not interested in becoming a modeler, viewing these living miniature exhibits is exciting, exhilarating, and educational to experience.