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Holiday Toy Train Exhibit to open Saturday in Camden

Posted: December 19, 2013 5:38 p.m.
Updated: December 20, 2013 5:00 a.m.


At the close of the 19th century, a German named Marklin introduced several series of gauged toy train sets that included ready-to-use track sections, locomotives, cars and accessories, plus enticing add-on pieces for future Christmas and birthday gifts. Within two years, Lionel’s first electric train was chugging around its track in holiday store windows beckoning all towards the magical world of toy trains.

Community members and their families are invited to enter that mesmerizing world at the 13th annual Holiday Toy Train Exhibit at 1252 Haile St. in Camden (the old Gulf Co. Warehouse.) The exhibit will run from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday; Monday; and Friday and Dec. 27, 28 and 30.

Fourteen years ago, toy train collector and enthusiast Stephen Smith, a Camden architect, decided he wanted to set up his trains during Christmas and share his passion for the hobby with the public. Soon enough, other train hobbyists joined him and have been "playing" with their collections and delighting kids of all ages ever since.

The electric powered trains will loop around four tracks, locomotives tooting and blowing smokes as they pass landscapes of town and farm and cross an impressive trestle bridge. Some are early O-gauge model sets, others are sophisticated toy train systems of today. All exemplify why toy trains are considered one the world’s greatest hobbies.


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