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Concord Model Train Show

When: Sunday, Aug. 20, at 10 a.m.
Where: 15 Loudon Road, Concord
Cost: Tickets are $5 for adults, 12 and under are free.
Visit: facebook.com/concordmodelrailroadclub for more information.




All aboard
Concord hosts interactive model train show

08/17/17
By Ethan Hogan



 Fully operational miniature trains will roll through the Everett Arena during the Concord Model Train Show on Sunday, Aug. 20, allowing visitors to interact with models like a 35-by-66-foot representation of the old New Hampshire rail line that ran from Concord to West Lebanon. 

Richard Fifield, chairman of the Concord Model Railroad Club, said it took the club 24 months to create the set. They recreated the areas along the railways using old railroad maps and images. The team built model bridges, buildings and greenery that would have been along the tracks.
“I do like building a little scenery now and then, but the fun part is running them,” said Fifield.
Fifield used to wish for a train set under his Christmas tree every year as a child, and for many years, he got one. Even into his teens, he had a 4-by-9-foot set in his bedroom. The hobby took a back seat until he was able to pick up his passion again once he got married and had a house of his own. Fifield now has a room dedicated to the miniature world of trains.
The 250 feet of mainline track in Fifield’s house is equipped with modern technology that lets him run multiple trains at once and control each of their speeds. 
“It’s come a long way from when I was a kid,” said Fifield.
That same modern technology was used to make all five of the club’s models that it will bring to the show Sunday. The sets will total between 300 and 400 feet of mainline model tracks, according to Fifield. 
Guests will be able to use handheld throttle remotes that control the speed of the train engines.
The types of trains will vary depending on the hobbyist’s preference. Fifield likes a modern diesel train.
“I’m extremely modern, mostly all newer types of diesel locomotives,” said Fifield.
At 17, Erik Rasmussen of Pembroke is the youngest member of the Concord Model Railroad Club. He will be attending the event with a portion of his home collection, including an Amtrak model and some freight locomotive models. Rasmussen’s interest in full-sized trains started at a young age and he was eventually drawn to the creative nature of building his own model train set.
“I like the fact you can basically build a village with trains going through it,” said Rasmussen. With help from his father, Rasmussen has filled up half of his garage with the model trains. His favorite models are from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA).“I’ve been seeing those since I was really little. I really like the equipment they use,” said Rasmussen.
The show will also feature an extensive expo area where guests can purchase model train sets and talk with experts about the niche hobby. Fifield said that a quality starter kit for a first-time enthusiast would cost roughly $200 for a circle track, a power transformer, an engine and three cars, but single trains will also be available for beginners.
Fifield said there will be raffles for prizes like a dinner for two on the Cafe Lafayette New Hampshire Dinner Train in Lincoln. 





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