BUFFALO, N.Y. August 29, 2011 The rumble of steel wheels on rails and the nostalgic sounds of a locomotive steam whistle will once again return to Buffalo Central Terminal during the 2011 Central Terminal Toy Train and Railroadiana Expo. The exposition is scheduled for Saturday, September 10th and Sunday, September 11th from 10am to 4pm and takes place inside the Terminal’s historic passenger concourse located at 495 Paderewski Drive @ Memorial Drive.
Admission is $5 for adults with free admission for children under the age of 12. All proceeds from the show benefit the stabilization and restoration of Buffalo Central Terminal.
The show features a large assemblage of toy and model train vendors from the Northeast selling trains of all gauges and vintages. A number of purveyors of railroad antiques, DVDs, books, photographs and other associated ephemera known as railroadiana will also be on hand.
This is more than just a train show, says Central Terminal Restoration Corporation President Mark Lewandowski. Its one of Buffalo’s largest celebrations of trains and railroading history. Visitors to the Terminal can expect to see everything from highly detailed scale models to family heirloom Christmas trains and archival photos of area railroads. Historians will be on-hand to tell stories of Buffalo’s once important position as the second largest railroad hub in North America.
Both adults and children alike will enjoy operating train layouts, historical displays about Buffalo’s railroad history and the do-it-yourself Craftsmans Corner.
The Central Terminal Restoration Corporation (CTRC) was founded in 1997 to oversee the stabilization and restoration of the New York Central Terminal in Buffalo, New York. The Terminal complex includes an 18-acre site that hosts an art deco office tower, passenger concourse and four-story baggage building. In 2011 the CTRC released its master plan that outlined various infrastructure needs and development opportunities. The mission of the Central Terminal Restoration Corporation is to ensure that the original grandeur of the Terminal is available to current and future generations.