Train Shows

Road Trip – O Scale Swap Meet

My wife and I took a road trip to Strasburg, PA last weekend to attend the thrice yearly O Scale Swap Meet in the Strasburg fire station. And I’m glad I did! Got a chance to see my good friend, Jack Keene, who was up from Maryland.

My shopping bag filled up quickly with a Des Plaines X29 boxcar kit, a passel of freight car detail parts, a set of proto48 trucks courtesy of show runner Rich Yoder and Tony Koester’s new book on transition era modeling. I was looking for a RY Models 70 tonner but none was to be found.


Main room at the Swap Meet. That’s Scale City Designs at the left.


After the show (it ends at 1 PM), we rode the dining car on the Strasburg railroad for a trip to Paradise (PA, that is) behind a steaming 2-10-0 behemoth. There were several great catches in the yard – a CV single sheath boxcar and 2 Rutland double sheath boxcars. I took lots of detail photos as both cars are on my to-build list.

Toward the end of the day we slipped over to the Pennsylvania Railroad Museum. I haven’t been there in some time. Incredible displays including another catch – a Lehigh Valley wrong way door boxcar.

We spent the next two days touring around Pennsylvania before heading for home. A great time was had by all.



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