HAWLEY — The Hawley Fire Department , 17 Columbus Avenue, will be teeming with model train vendors and enthusiasts from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday for the spring Model Train Show and Sale.
Admission is $3 per person and free to children accompanied by an adult. There will be refreshments for sale.
Event coordinator Bill Delling said it is the 16th year the Hawley Model Train Association has hosted the event in the spring and fall to benefit the borough fire department.
He said there will be about 94 tables of merchandise and two train layouts for visitors to observe. The first will be an interactive display set up by Tom Keegan, who has been a part of the show since its inception.
Keegan's display is an interactive American Flyer from the 1950s/60s, and visitors will be able to work some of the switches in addition to witnessing the model's spectacle.
The second display will be a fully operational N scale layout from Walter Palmer, another longtime participant.
Both displays feature a wide display of cars, tracks, scenery and other facets of model railroading.
The most common types of trains found at the sale include those of the Lionel, HO and N scale varieties, though Delling encourages vendors to bring a large assortment of styles and materials.
With vendors and visitors often coming from Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and other parts of Pennsylvania, “you never know what you're going to see,” Delling said.
While longtime enthusiasts can augment their collections, there also is a place for newcomers and those with a passing interest to see what becoming a model train hobbyist is all about, Delling said.
“It's an interesting hobby,” he said, noting it is still popular enough that people know it exists, but not so popular that most people know someone who does it.
Delling said about 14,000 people have visited the event over the years, averaging a little more than 400 attendees each time.
He said he'd “love to see more kids come to the show,” explaining there are alternative hobby video games and other forms of electronic media attractive to youngsters.
The day also provides a financial boost to the fire department, raising about $2,000 for each event.
Delling also said he hopes the event will spread awareness for the anticipated arrival of a steam engine to the Stourbridge Lion for a weekend in July.
More information about the show and sale is available by calling 570-226-3206, 570-226-9820 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.