Model train fair connects generations

By Celsy Martindale

February 16, 2014 Updated Feb 17, 2014 at 1:17 AM CDT

EAST PEORIA, Ill. --Hundreds of people were 'all aboard' for the bi-annual train fair held Sunday at Illinois Central College.

For decades now, train lovers have been gathering at the ICC campus in East Peoria to show off, sell, and buy a variety of model railroad parts.

Vendors were selling model trains ranging from a few dollars to even $250.

Collecting the railroad memorabilia is a big part of the day's festivities, but many people see the hobby as a way to connect generations young and old.

"I like to see it more now because everything has gone computerized, you know, video games and all of that kind of stuff. Bring back the old model railroading. I'd like to see it grow," said Ron Brown, train fair organizer,

"It gets the kids creative building little things. You can build your own little station, hut, whatever. They've got schematics here. It's just the history of it all is just really, really cool," said Mario Newsome, model train enthusiast.

The train fair rolls in twice a year. The next one will be on November 17.