The Ottumwa Courier

Local News

March 2, 2014

Train enthusiasts can't get enough at weekend show

OTTUMWA - From occasional hobbyists to hard core enthusiasts, train lovers of all kinds gathered Saturday and Sunday at the Quincy Place Mall for the Great River Railroad Club collector train show and swap meet. The club, from Burlington, has be in existence for over 40 years and is a mecca for train enthusiast from around the state.

Richard Hood, the owner of The Hobbycraft Shop in Burlington, said that the club has been having this show for 23 years now and he doesn't see that coming to an end anytime soon.

“My dad was into trains in the 1940’s, I grew up around them and the love just stuck,” Hood said.

The event featured many different business owners and enthusiasts displaying and selling the products they are so passionate about. Tables were filled with row after row of trains, parts, landscape pieces and electronics. The show drew in avid model train lovers and curious mall-goers and taught everyone a little something they didn't know about trains before.

“The diversity of this hobby is just endless,” Brett Cox, a club member, said. “It’s a hands-on work set, you learn about woodworking, electronics and the art of making scenery all in one hobby.”

Many of the club members have been around model trains since they were kids. Hours and hours can be spent working on a set and you can put as much or as little money into it and still have a great time, Cox said.The love children have for these trains is still apparent today in the faces of all the young kids who attend the show.

“This is lifelong hobby,” Cox said. “You can never get enough, it just brings some much joy to my life.”

Text Only
Local News
  • Ready, set, shop! OTTUMWA — Iowa's government says businesses must participate in the Tax-Free Weekend this Friday and Saturday. Store manager Greg Martin isn't complaining. "It’ll be much busier [than typical weekends]. Back to school is the second busiest season nex

    July 31, 2014

  • LCL scholarship recipients Supporting the health care future of the community OTTUMWA — For several area college students, Thursday afternoon was a chance to put names and faces with the thousands of scholarship dollars they have just received. The Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation hosted a reception to honor the 25 college s

    July 31, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0801 OTT DMV new building exterior -M Ottumwa's DMV station ready to move OTTUMWA — If you believe you'll need to visit the driver's license station next month, you may want to write this down: 2849 N. Court St., Suite B. That'll be the new address for the Iowa DMV's office, which is currently located across from the Fairf

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0801 OTT Five Things logo -L T Five things to do in southeast Iowa OTTUMWA — Celebrate summer in a variety of ways and in several communities this weekend. Many towns are holding festivals, shows and events all centered around the summer theme, so head out while it's warm. 1. "Summer Shorts" is the Davis County Play

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0731 OTT Aviation plane -T -M Flying free OTTUMWA — The financial obstacle may have been removed if your career goal starts with learning to fly. "We have it set up for three terms, about nine months," said pilot and chief flight instructor Darren Graham at Indian Hills Community College. "

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Supervisors discuss pipeline potential KEOSAUQUA — Van Buren County Supervisors received preliminary, general information on a new pipeline being proposed to carry oil from North Dakota through Iowa, including Van Buren County, then crossing into Illinois. The proposed Bakken Pipeline wou

    July 30, 2014

  • Fairfield stabbing suspects' trials separated FAIRFIELD — The three people accused of dragging a man into a Fairfield apartment before robbing and stabbing him have had a judge grant their requests to separate their trials. Dawn Dunn, Dustin Roll and Brett Hedblade are each charged with willful

    July 30, 2014

  • Local business donates grain rescue tube KEOSAUQUA — Stockport Elevator, owned by Roquette America, donated a grain rescue tube to Birmingham and Stockport Fire Departments. A training session was conducted Monday, led by Dale Ekdahl, a representative of Outstate Data, LLC, the device’s man

    July 30, 2014

  • Where do my taxes go? OTTUMWA — Wapello County Board certified its tax levy. But what does that mean? Based on budgets submitted by various levying authors, the Wapello County Auditor prepares and certifies the levy rates for the county. Budgets for each levy are based on

    July 30, 2014

  • OCSD releases elementary supplies list

    OTTUMWA — For years, parents of the students in Ottumwa's elementary schools have had to check to make sure the school supplies list they grabbed was the right one for their school. No more.

    July 30, 2014

Photo reprints