Three times a year, model train and toy collectors, that include men women and children of all ages converge on Northland Kansas City’s KCI Expo Center http://www.kciexpo.com/
for the Mid-America Train & Toy Show http://www.midamericatrainandtoyshow.com/ . The 2014 dates included Sunday March 30th, Sunday August 10th and this past Sunday, November 30th. I was at the March 30th show and was excited to be back again this week.
The show is put on by Silver Zephyr Productions and is a five hour home to over 200 tables ranging from those buying, selling and trading model trains, individual train cars of all gauges and various toys to those with displays, hoping to attract members to their organizations, that sometimes include running train sets of various gauges. Kathy Stitch of Silver Zephyr told me that the approximately 17,500 square foot facility had about 250 tables this time.
I met up with Shane Mason of Heartland N-Trak Of Greater Kansas City https://www.facebook.com/pages/Heartland-N-Trak-of-Greater-Kansas-City/146824552150060 that you have seen me blog about before. He was there with his girlfriend Brooke (find Shane on You-Tube at https://www.youtube.com/user/thebrakeman17 )
We soon ran across Shane’s Grandfather and other members of Heartland N-Trak as well. I met great folks like Dave Antrim–Lionel Train collector email@example.com (785)-826-0015, Walt Goede–Lionel Trains/WWII collector firstname.lastname@example.org (816)-813-7163, and Jack Lambert-collector of fine electric trains (785)-825-5134/(785)-201-8118, just to mention a few.
But since Shane and Brooke were moving a lot faster than me, I opted to just move around on my own. Here are some pics of various exhibits around the show. and some other videos I took as well.
Operation Lifesaver Kansas City had a table at the show as they always do. I had my application with them approved and completed their online classroom earlier this year and am scheduled for training in North Kansas City December 9th & 10th.
And here are two that I don’t see every day. Trains based on my favorite candy and one of my all-time favorite classic movies since my childhood. If I had the kind of asking price available, I would have certainly been a buyer on one or both of these.
Here are some of my personal finds at the show.
The interesting thing about the CB&Q Time-Table that I just realized right before I posted this tonight is the date on it. November 1964 to 1965. I mentioned in my very first post on this site that my paternal grandfather-a career man with CB&Q passed in 1964. Didn’t notice the date before I purchased it. Hope I can find more from his years with CB&Q!
Sherry Stitch of Silver Zephyr Productions MidAmericaTrainShow@yahoo.com wanted me to remind everyone that the next date for the Mid-America Train & Toy Show is Sunday, March 8th, 2015. I look forward to seeing you there! Want to thank Silver Zephyr Productions, the KCI Expo Center and all who attended for continuing to help us leave Legacies…….On The Rails!