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All aboard for 2016 Railfest

November 9, 2016

Every second weekend in November, the trains rolls into Bluefield for the annual Railfest – a model train show for the young and old. Collectors from all over the world come to look, shop and buy pieces to add to their collections. The event will feature the largest N-Scale layout in West Virginia and an operating HO Lionel Model.

A family-friendly event, the Pocahontas NRHS Train show is a favorite for children who love to watch the displays of model trains run on the tracks. Folks come from New Jersey, North Carolina and more to set up at the show, which runs Saturday, Nov 12 and Sunday, Nov. 13.

The show falls in perfect timing for the Christmas season, especially if you know any child who is interested in trains!

The Railroad is an important part of history in Mercer County.  The City of Bluefield was a farm town until the arrival of the Norfolk and Western Railroad in 1882. The Pocahontas Division hauled the world’s finest coal from southern West Virginia.  Soon, Bluefield emerged as a financial hub for the coalfields. Today, the Bluefield Railyard is still active with 25 tracks. Visitors can watch the trains, loaded with coal, ride out of the city.

Here is what you need to know about the train show:

Tickets are $5 per person or $10 per family. There will be door prizes and refreshments. Hours are  9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and Noon-5 p.m. on Sunday.

The show, sponsored by the Pocahontas NRHS,  will be held at the Bluefield Rec Center on Stadium Drive in Bluefield. For information, call 304-431-2593.

 

 

This post was last updated on November 9, 2016


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