Model trains chug through KMC Sunday

by Petra Lessoing
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Ramstein-Miesenbach will not only lure visitors to its annual Wendelinus market this weekend, the Model Train Friends-Westpfalz will also sponsor its 37th Model Train Swap Meet Sunday and turn the local culture center, Haus des Bürgers, into a mecca for model train enthusiasts.

Exhibitors and clubs from around Germany and neighboring countries will present everything dealing with model trains and accessories. This swap meet is known as the biggest of its kind in Southwest Germany.

“More than 50 exhibitors and associations from all over display everything having to do with model trains,” said organizer Manfred Küster.

Just like in recent years, not everyone who requested a display table received one, since there is only a limited space capacity.

“We organizers don’t only want the event to be a swap meet, but we also want to make sure that unique items are on display,” Mr. Küster said.

The Model Car Club Mannheim will once again set up a race track, where children can test their driving skills and determine who is the fastest driver.

“There will be a special test track, where the newly bought stuff can be tested right away,” Mr. Küster said.

Besides new items, there will also be used locomotives, carriages, tracks, signals, houses, lamps, bridges and spare parts.

“New and long-time model train collectors can get good advice here and find some neat bargains,” Mr. Küster said. 

Some novelties and self-created models will be presented on a garden railroad track.

“Visitors will be taken back to 1875 when a fully loaded U.S. train with steam locomotive, a Shay, makes its rounds on tracks set up on stage,” Mr. Küster said.

Dolls, tin toys and other hobby items will be on display as well.

The restaurant Grumbeer in the Haus des Bürgers will open a model train cafe, where visitors can take a break. The swap meet takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is €2.50 for adults and €1 for youth. Children are admitted free.