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Toy train show rolls into Turlock
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The 38th annual Toy Train Show will roll into the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds Dec. 5-6. - photo by Journal file photo

The holidays in Turlock wouldn't be the same without the San Joaquin Toy Train Operating Society and their annual Toy Train Show. This will be the 38th annual show held at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds on Dec. 5 and 6.


The weekend show, which draws upwards of 2,000 to town, will feature a variety of trains and accessories for sale by local vendors, vendors from Nevada and vendors traveling from as far as the East Coast.


“It’s a great event that is really perfect for all ages,” said Ed Cathcart, member of the San Joaquin Toy Train Operating Society.


SJ Toy Train Operators, Inc. is an organization located in Turlock based on the collection and operation of model trains.


Various gauges of train operating layouts will be on display, including Lionel’s distinct product lines.


“There will be over 150 tables worth of products to be sold,” said Cathcart. “Train guys who sell magazines, train guys that sell trains, people who sell holiday stuff — it’s just quite a show for everyone.”


Food will be served all day at the Whistle Stop Cafe.


The entrance fee for the event is $5, with children 12 years free. Parking is free as well.


“It’s really a great price all around, one of the least expensive shows there is,” said Cathcart. “Come check it out, it’s a great time; anybody can come.”


Doors open at 10 a.m. both days and runs until 5 p.m. on Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday.