Train and toy show to get to the Monroeville convention center
Model train and locomotive enthusiasts should stop by the Monroeville Convention Center station this weekend.
Greenberg’s Great Train & Toy Show returns to the center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
It’s one of the largest and oldest model train and collectible toy shows in the country, and usually takes place in Monroeville three weekends a year.
A dozen displays of trains in service and 100 vendors will be on site.
Organizers have said this leg of the tour will be bigger and better than their last visit in January.
“Pittsburgh is just a big train city,” said exhibition director Frank Hicks. “He has a great history of the railroad, of heavy industry. It was the centerpiece of the Pennsylvania Railroad, and there are other famous railroads that passed through Pittsburgh. There has always been a huge interest in railways.
He said the South Hills Model Railroad Club and the Keystone Division are planning to team up for a 1,000-square-foot HO scale train display, one of the most popular model scales.
The Pittsburgh S-Gaugers had an interactive train display with buttons that kids used to activate whistles, grab a bag of mail, dump wood, and load coal on the last show.
Roger Schneider, the S-Gaugers hi-rail interactive layout coordinator, said he was excited about this weekend’s event.
“Our goal with the interactive layout is to give children (of all ages) the chance to use a variety of props that are located around the grid, while watching trains on the grid,” said Schneider. “Throughout the show, we operate freight and passenger trains with steam and diesel engines from the 1950s and also own some of the newer modern diesel engines that pull trains.
Between 3,000 and 4,000 people are expected to see the trains at the convention center.
“It’s really a lot of fun,” Hicks said. “Families with kids bring them to the show to see all those miniature towns and mountain ranges and, of course, the rail lines. There are a lot of things that we try that are aimed at people with just a little interest.
Schneider said his group has seen renewed interest in model railroads.
“We are very pleased that there appears to be a resurgence of interest from young children and their parents in the hobby of model railroading,” said Schneider. “A lot of us in the Pittsburgh S-Gaugers started when we were in grade school in the 50s and 60s and we still love the hobby. We love to see the excited looks on children’s faces when they push the buttons and see the action. We hope to interest a whole new generation in the hobby that we have loved since we were very young.
Greenberg’s Great Train & Toy Show has made the Pittsburgh area a tour stop for the past 38 years with shows in January, July and November.
Admission is $ 10 on Saturday and $ 9 on Sunday. Children 11 and under enter free. Parking is free.
More information is available at trainshow.com/monroeville.