Greenberg’s Train and Toy Show Visits Reading, PA

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Tiny trains are breakable!

Tiny trains are breakable!

This past weekend Greenberg’s Train and Toy Show took up residence in The Greater Reading Expo Center in Reading, PA. The surprisingly large traveling event features seemingly hundreds of tables selling new, used and classic model trains as well as a variety of accessories used to build and maintain layouts. In addition, the event showcases a series of massive train displays in a variety of scales. There were even a few tables selling things we at MLD are a little more familiar with such as old action figures and computers(?!?!?). Admission to the events costs $7 for a two day pass and kids under 12 are free, which makes it affordable both to families looking for a fun day out and hardcore collectors looking for a new $500 locomotive.

One of the things that became clear at the event is the variety of ways people partake in the hobby. There are clearly those who just want to set up a train set in a simple oval for their kids to play with at Christmas. (How did train sets get tied so closely to Christmas in the first place?) For these people there were a variety of Thomas the Tank Engine and Polar Express sets available in a range of sizes and prices. But then there are also those who invest massive amounts of time in creating intricately detailed layouts including trying to replicate things like grass, hills and cemeteries. As you’ll see in the photos below, some of the layouts on display were massive, easily dozens of feet in diameter. I have no idea how these giant detailed displays are created and transported. But for these hardcore hobbyist there was an amazing variety of accessories and tools for sale as well as expensive locomotives that can replicate the sound and smoke of real trains.

The event was definitely an eye opening experience that I think would appeal to a lot of people. Check it out if it comes to your town. In the meantime check out the gallery below.

Below are some of the upcoming Greenberg Train and Toy Shows:

February 23-24, 2013
Virginia Beach, VA
Virginia Beach Convention Center

March 2-3, 2013
Upper Marlboro, MD
Prince George’s Equestrian Center / Show Place Arena

March 16-17, 2013
Edison, NJ
New Jersey Expo Center

March 23-24, 2013
Wilmington, DE
Chase Center on the Riverfront

March 23-24, 2013
Wilmington, MA
Shriners Auditorium

April 6-7, 2013
Syracuse, NY
New York State Fairgrounds

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