Preparing for the Lincoln Square Train Show

Just four weekends away, the annual model railroad event of the year in Champaign County is rolling toward us as the Illinois Terminal Division prepares to host the long-running Lincoln Square Train Show in Urbana on its own for the first time on March 28 and 29, 2020. Applications for tables at the show are due March 9, although there will be a limited number of tables that might be available for those submitting applications after the 9th. If you need space, be sure and check out the Show link on the divisional website:

The high court packed with trains during the 2019 Show

As always, this show has FREE admission for the public and parking at Lincoln Square Village Mall is also FREE. Tables for commercial vendors are $30 for both days ($25 for Saturday only). Individuals with model railroad items they’d like to sell or trade may also be interested in obtaining a table. Historical societies and other non-profit groups get the first table free. A number of operating layouts will also be on display in a variety of scales and gauges. Those layouts attending from out of town receive a very modest stipend, so please inquire if you’d like to participate by filling out the Show application that is linked above.

NEW Activity! Youth Make-and-Take

Kids have always enjoyed model trains even before Thomas and his friends made them vastly more popular. This year’s show will see the debut of our youth program, which we hope to expand further in the future along with offering more educational programming for adults about both model trains and local prototype railroads. This year, kids accompanied by an adult will be able to build their own railroad car and then see it run. Drop by the Illinois Terminal Division’s table at the Show to sign up to participate. Tools and kits will be provided, but space is limited. For more info see:

Volunteer! Questions? Drop Us a Note!

While the Illinois Terminal Division’s membership is modest-sized, it’s committed to carrying on organizing the Show, which has been sponsored in the past by the Midwest Central Model Railroad Club for some four decades. The MCMRRC has worked hard to assist ITD in learning the ropes, culminating in the jointly sponsored 2019 Show. ITD plans to build on the previous organizing club’s solid work, while hoping to add more activities and features in the future. Several of their members will be volunteering, as well as other community members who want to help ITD carry on this successful tradition. If you’re interested in volunteering, or have a inquiry about any aspect of the Show, drop us a note by email and we’ll get back to you quickly via this email address:

All proceeds from the Show go to support next year’s show and similar public educational outreach efforts by the Illinois Terminal Division, National Model Railroad Association. If you’d like to get further involved in model railroading while gaining the extensive benefits of NMRA membership, we gladly welcome new members! You may inquire via the above email address about the ITD or go to the following link for more info on joining the largest, oldest national model railroad organization in the Western Hemisphere, which the ITD is a part of at:

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