by Petra Lessoing
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Ramstein-Miesenbach’s culture and conference center, Haus des Bürgers, will turn into a mecca for model train fans Sunday when the Model Train Friends Westpfalz sponsors its 42nd Model Train Swap Meet.
“We received requests for display tables from more than 50 exhibitors and clubs from Germany and other countries,” said organizer Günter Wenner. “Unfortunately, we were not able to accept all requests, because there only is a certain space capacity in the Haus des Bürgers.”
Vendors will present everything dealing with model trains and accessories. The event also will display dolls, doll accessories, tin toys and miniature cars.
The international swap meet is a special market and the biggest of its kind in southwest Germany. Besides new items, there will also be used locomotives, carriages, tracks, signals, houses, lamps, bridges and spare parts. Collectors will find bargains and receive good advice from experts.
“As organizers, we put the emphasis on displaying specific items,” Wenner said. “The swap meet is not just an event to swap, sell and buy, but also an opportunity to show off unique pieces and set ups.”
There will be a special test track, where the newly bought stuff can be tested right away.
Also on display will be garden railroad track items presented by garden railroad vendors.
Model car race fans can enjoy a racetrack. A model train cafe will be set up in the foyer, where visitors can take a break.The swap meet will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; doors open at 10 a.m. Admission fee is €3 for adults, €1 for youth and free for children.