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Trains at Christmas is an annual event sponsored by the Sioux Valley Model Engineers Society for train lover of all ages. The event includes portable model train layouts from around the area and surrounding states. The displays include the small Z scale and the large O scale trains and all sizes in between. They also include Lionel and American Flyer exhibits. In addition, there will be a large number of vendors present with a variety of train items for sale. Also during the event, the Sioux Valley Model Engineers Society clubs permanent layout will be open for viewing of more operating trains. The event is held in the EXPO building of the W H Lyon fairgrounds in Sioux Falls and is always scheduled for the weekend before Thanksgiving.
A new addition this year is that Rick Mills the Director of the South Dakota Railroad Museum will be giving presentations on railroading in South Dakota and other topics.
Mark your calendars, the Sioux Empire Fair will be coming this August 2-11, 2013. Check out the attractions at http://www.siouxempirefair.com . While at the fair plan to visit the SVMES layout and enjoy the trains!!
The SVMES was asked to journey to Currie, Mn earlier this month to take a look at the End O Line Museums H.O. scale display layout. As quoted on the Museums web site:
A model railroad display, in HO scale, is one of the highlights of the museum. This display is an authentic reproduction of the Currie railroad yards as they were around the turn of the century. The layout features scratch-built locomotives and structures, complete landscaping, a full wrap-around mural, complete sound effects and more. Hear the old steam locomotive puff and chug throughout the countryside. Hear the puffing and chugging accented by the steam whistle, bell and the hiss of steam. You will think that time has been turned back. End O Line Museum
There are many other displays in the museum and park from around the Murray County area such as:
- Manual-operated turntable
- Diesel switcher/ 1942 Grand Trunk Western Caboose
- Engine house/RR memorabilia
- Authentically-restored depot
- HO scale model train display
- Georgia Northern #102 steam engine
- 1875 Baldwin Steam Locomotive
- Fairmont motorcars
- 1945 Minneapolis and St. Louis Caboose
- Section foreman’s house
- Replica of coal bunker
- Railroad Water Tank
- Replica of Lake Shetek Mills
- First general store in county
- First rural country school
- First church in the county
- Replica of Murray County’s first courthouse
- Picnic facilities/shelter
- Modern Restrooms
- Gift shop
- 6-mile bike/pedestrian trail, starting at End-O-Line to State Park
- Veterans Memorial
- Historical Information
Over the course of the year, the SVMES will work with the museum to rewire and rejuvenate the scenery on the layout.
So if you are looking for a fun weekend trip, head over to Currie,Mn and check out the museum and park! To visit the museum web site click on the following link: End O Line Museum
The SVMES will be holding an open house on April 20, 2013 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the clubhouse on the Sioux Empire Fairgrounds. This is a free event open to all. Come watch the trains run, great fun for children and adults of all ages.
We will be holding the SVMES monthly business meeting on April 16th instead of tonight due to weather considerations.
Please stay home and safe until this weather passes.
The SVMES will be holding an open house on Feb. 16, 2013 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the clubhouse on the Sioux Empire Fairgrounds. This is a free event open to all. Come watch the trains run, great fun for children and adults of all ages.
Please check our Events Calendar for more upcoming events.
The SVMES would like to thank everyone for making our 2012 show a record breaker!! We are going to be working on next years show after the first of the year and look forward to seeing you again in 2013.
We would like to send out a special thank you for all of our vendors and exhibitors at this year’s show, we hope to see you again in 2013.
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