Event lures model train collectors

Petra Lessoing
Kaiserslautern American

The Haus des Bürgers in Ramstein-Miesenbach will turn into a Mecca for model train enthusiasts 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The Model Train Friends Westpfalz sponsors their 28th Model Train Swap Meet.

More than 50 exhibitors from throughout Germany and neighboring countries present everything dealing with model trains and accessories.

There will be locomotives, carriages, tracks, signals, houses, lamps, bridges and spare parts. Also, dolls, tin toys, kinder eggs and other hobby items are on display.

***image1***“Our model train swap meet is the biggest of its kind in southwest Germany,” said organizer Manfred Küster. “We don’t want it to be just a swap meet, we also want to display special pieces.”

Another attraction that lures many visitors each year is the miniature carnival set-up by Rolf and Ruth Dindorf. The Model car Club Mannheim shows off a race track, where children can test their driving skills.

The Italian restaurant in the Haus des Bürgers sponsors a model train café, where visitors can take a break.

Model train friends can get advice and find unique offers. There is a special test track, where the newly bought stuff can be tested right away.

Visitors can admire a miniature train track the size of a postcard. Mr. Küster also shows off brand new items from the International Toy Fair in Nürnberg.