Loco for Locomotives: 32nd Annual T.I. Model Train Fair

Loco for Locomotives: 32nd Annual T.I. Model Train Fair

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Trains zooming around the track and through the neighborhood.

Well maybe not quite zooming. And these neighborhoods are small enough to fit on a table.

But the love for trains...

They're fascinating," said Walworth resident Robert Thon.

It's big at the Thousand Islands Model Train Fair at Clayton's Cerow Arena.

"These are some of the locomotives that I build right here," said Thon.

Thon has been building large-scale model trains for forty years. But the fascination had been growing long before he started selling model trains.

"I was six years old when I got my first toy train for Christmas and that was the bug that bit me," said Thon.

Malcolm Jones, of Cape Vincent, enjoys coming to shows and finding hidden treasures to fix up.

"I'll pick up some of the old trains. At the shows,there will be boxes under the tables that nobody else wants," said Jones. "They're just beaters or basket cases, and nobody wants to fix them. I'll take them home and clean them up and fix them and get them running."

For Tina and Donald St. Onge, of Cape Vincent, they get the whole family involved.

"We've been a part of the train show now for about ten years, maybe a little more. It's both my wife and I and both of our sons," said Donald St. Onge.

Donald likes seeing kids enjoy the larger trains. And Tina likes getting girls interested in the hobby.

"Boys and their toys, but girls have just as much as I do. I love running my trains," said Tina St. Onge.

And they even let kids take control. Making sure people of all ages can get bitten by the train bug too.

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