SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – People from around the Ozarks came for the Ozarks Model Railroad Association Model Train Show at the Oasis Convention Center in Springfield.
Several model railroad clubs in the area have set up facilities featuring operating model railroads. Dozens of vendors also gave people the opportunity to purchase model trains and historical artifacts.
It was the first convention since 2019 since the two 2020 shows had to be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Organizers say model railroading isn’t just a hobby, it’s a community, and shows like this offer a chance to build camaraderie.
“It rekindles friendships and creates friendships,” said Kurt Clement of the Ozarks Model Railroad Association. “We saw people we haven’t seen for two years. We have suppliers that we have never had before. So people come from outside the city, draw from the surroundings. And it’s just a great place for people to exchange ideas. So this is a great way to share the hobby with others.
Organizers say they hope to return to regular programming and are closely monitoring updates regarding COVID-19.