Enthusiasts pack local model train display

NILES, Ohio (WKBN) — Train enthusiasts by the hundreds rode to Niles on Sunday morning for the model railroad flea market.

About 700 people walked through the doors of McMenamy’s banquet hall to view model and toy trains on display by almost 100 different vendors.

The Youngstown Model Railroad Association hosts this event twice a year to raise money to support the non-profit.

President of the Association, James Cope, said it’s a great way to get folks curious about model trains all in one place.

“It’s not like 50 years ago when you could go down to the old train station and watch passenger trains come in, but there are still a lot of trains running and there’s a lot of people still interested in trains, it’s a very educational hobby,” said Cope.

The next railroad flea market isn’t until January of 2015, but there’s model train open houses scheduled for November and December at  the organization’s club location at the corner of South Raccoon Road and Four Mile Run Road in Austintown.

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