C-U @ 2022 Train Show @ Lincoln Square March 26 & 27

After two years off, this weekend, Saturday March 26 and Sunday March 27, sees the return of the Lincoln Square Train Show to downtown Urbana, Hours are 8am to 5pm on Saturday and 11am to 4 pm on Sunday. Public admission is FREE and there is plenty of free parking at Lincoln Square.

Railroad enthusiasts, both prototype and model, will find plenty to enjoy at this weekend’s train show. Several historical societies will attend, along with the Monticello Railway Museum. The museum will also be running its ever popular kid’s train.“““““`

ITD exhibit at 2019 Train Show featuring Thomas Northway’s Tuscola Beltway

There will be vendors of various types and scales of model trains, along with layouts that you can see trains run on, and in some case you can even operate on. Among the returning favorites is the live steam group, who operate on large scale track, plus the Midwest Central N scale layout and a 4’x8′ layout based on Tuscola. New layouts this year include an O scale switching layout, a N scale T-Track layout, and a layout built into a guitar case. Also appearing for the first time will be a couple of HOn3 narrowgauge layouts, including one with beautiful handlaid track done by the late ITD member Bob Miller.

We look forward to seeing you there. If you’d like to get more involved with anything you see or just want to know more about it, stop by the Illinois Terminal Division exhibit and say hi!

A note about masks. Although there is still signage up at the mall entrances about masks being required in Lincoln Square, that no longer is the case for public areas of the mall as of March 1 when state masking guidelines were relaxed. Please note that individual tenants may set their own requirements in their spaces and a few continue to require masks.

Decatur Train Show, April 23 and 24

Decatur’s Spring Train Show will be Saturday April 23 and Sunday April 24, 2022, Saturday 10am to 4 pm and Sunday 11am to 4pm, at the Decatur Civic Center (corner of Eldorado and Franklin in Decatur.) Adult admission is $5 with kids 12 and under free when accompanied by an adult.

Tables are $40/each. Set-up is available also on April 22. Contact Rob at BrownRobH@aol.com or at 217-461-2319 for more info. Deadline for table reservations is April 15th.

Masks Optional – Get Those Tables Now!

If you as a vendor found yourself undecided about attending the March 26 and 27 Lincoln Square Train Show in Urbana, Illinois because of the mask requirements, please note that masks are now optional following the relaxation of state masking requirements on March 1. There will be only a very limited number of tables available after we submit our requirements to the table vendor at the end of this week.

Please call 217-344-5609 or contact us via trainshow@illinoisterminaldivision.org if you still need tables to let us know your paid registration is in the mail. Reports from other recent shows indicate the public will be enthusiastically crowding in, but if you’re not present you will be missing these sales.