The 47th annual Mad City Model Railroad Show and Sale will soon happen in Madison. It is one of the nation's most wide-ranging model train shows - drawing close to 12,000 attendees and is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15 and 16, 2014 at the Alliant Energy Center, Exhibition Hall, in Madison.
Visitors to the Mad City Model Railroad Show and Sale will enjoy over 90,000 square feet of railroad mania including exquisitely detailed and operating model railroad layouts in Z, N, HO, S, O and G-scales. Plus there are classic toy trains, historical exhibits and railroad videos.
This will be an exciting, fun-filled family event, especially for kids, where they get a chance to help build a giant wooden train layout or to run a model train. Children can ride a circus train carrousel or ride for free on a large indoor train. Guests can register for door prizes which will be awarded hourly. A total of four train sets will also be given away each day.
Shoppers can browse over 300 tables of model train and rail-related merchandise, including tools, railroad collectibles, videos, models, books, clothing and artwork. There will also be a company store for the sponsoring organization, SCWD (South Central Wisconsin Division) of the National Model Railroad Association, offering collectibles and clothing.
Model Railroading is a fun hobby with much to offer. Electric trains are animated and come in a variety of sizes from very small to large heavy-haulers. Many hobbyists take their trains and put them in an environment that recreates life and landscape in miniature.
People who create great model railroads find that they have been absorbing a number of related interests: from history, industry, geology, electronics, art and architecture to name a few.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.
The train show is a great family entertainment value. Tickets for Adults (12 and older) are $11, seniors (65 and older) are $10, for and children under 12, $5. Children under the age of 5 are admitted free.
Advance tickets can be purchased at selected hobby shops throughout Wisconsin. All children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Admission prices do not include parking.
Visit the train show website of the South Central Wisconsin Division of the National Model Railroad Association at www.nmra-scwd.org for more information.