Model train show rolls back through Essex
Individuals across Essex gathered over the weekend to celebrate their shared love of model trains. The 25th annual Essex Train Show was held at Essex Public School. 600 people passed through, interacting with nearly 40 vendors on Saturday.
Tony Malkowski has been on the Essex Heritage committee since the beginning, even hosting his own train show the year before it began.
“Our main focus is to preserve and operate the train station. And this is one of our major fundraisers. So it’s very important to us. Not only because we love trains, and we love that building, but because we’re all sort of hobbyists who like to stay out of trouble, but spend too much money,” said Malkowski.
Malkowski said the event has grown immensely since it’s beginning 25 years ago.
“The first year it happened, it was just at the train station with about four or five vendors. Then it went to using the train station and the Legion, which is just a few steps away. And they had, you know, more vendors and a couple of moving layouts,” said Malkowski.
From there, the event went on to take up two high school gyms before settling in the gym and hallways of Essex Public School.
Alan Adams has been a member of the Windsor Model Railroad Club since it began 20 years ago. The club has participated in the train show since it was held at the old train station.
Adams said his interest in model trains stems from his childhood.
“Just growing up and having trains run in front of my house when I was younger,” said Adams.
A shared consensus over the weekend was the thrill of meeting people with a common interest and watching the trains on the moving models go by.