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Train Show Photos: First Look

The Kanawha Valley Railroad Association held their annual show last weekend at The Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center. This was their second show at the Coliseum, and your PopCulteer and his wife were there to enjoy the show, take photos and shoot video.

This was the 17th annual KVRA Model Train and Craft Show, and it was a rousing success.  Hampered by a bum knee and back, your humble blogger missed the first day, but we got there early Sunday and had a great time.

There were several displays with working train layouts and dozens of vendors selling model railroading supplies, toys, clothing and related cool train stuff. We’ll show you more of the vendors next week.

For information about next year’s model train and craft show visitKVRA’s Facebook Page or visit their website. Sunday you’ll get to see video of some of the train layouts, and next week we’ll bring you more photos from the show. But now, here’s the first look…

Walking into the hall early Sunday morning, we just saw a hint of the wonders that lay within.

There was a cool mix of working train layouts scattered throughout the large room, interspersed with several vendors.

Many of the vendors were doing brisk business, just a short time after the doors opened.

Your PopCulteer showed great restraint in not spending too much money, and is now regretting it.

I really should’ve picked this up, even though I don’t currently have a railroad layout, and 80% of my collection is HO Scale.

One of the layouts you’ll see video of this Sunday.

Detail of one of the giant layouts.

More admirable restraint shown. I’m a sucker for Amtrak stuff.

I loved this drive-in theater on one of the mid-sized layouts.

This model railroad had an autumn setting.

Another great bit of detail.

And you can’t pass up a Mail Pouch barn without taking a photo.

Real-life WV, recreated in model railroad form.

And again (on the same layout, no less), this time with the historical marker.

Some vendros brought their own small layouts and had them at their tables.

This one was eye-catching, with the Santa Fe “Warbonnet” engine.

We will end this photo essay with Mrs. PopCulteer shooting video that you will see this coming Sunday in PopCult!

1 Comment

  1. Thomas Wheeler

    That looks to have been an awesome show, and I love the displays!

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