History of Rail Day

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pic5b For 37 years, Lynchburg Rail Day brought area modelers and rail fans together for a day of fun, clinics, home layout tours, model contests, and plenty of iron horse tradin g -- all first sponsored by our local model shop, Trains Unlimited.  The show was organized in 1978 by Jim Revell, who held the first Lynchburg Rail Day behind his store on Lakeside Drive in Lynchburg.  Under his guidance the show grew, moving into successively larger venues to accommodate bigger crowds and more expansive modular layouts featuring all of the popular scales.

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Blue Ridge Chapter members helped from the start. They manned display equipment provided by the railroads, including visits by the Best Friend of Charleston, Norfolk Southern's exhibit car, and variety of Amtrak passenger cars over the years. Members helped with set up, model contests and clinics, and eventually took over the food concessions and organized a "white elephant" table as chapter fund raisers.

When Jim Revell sold the shop to Bill Cox in 1996, Rail Day was a well established popular area event operating in the Lynchburg Builder's Association Greenstone Centre. In 2003, Bill decided to retire and sold the store. Coincidentally, the Builder's Centre was optioned to a development.  Both events threatened Rail Day's future. Wanting the show to continue, Blue Ridge Chapter members voted to promote Rail Day themselves and have been sponsoring the event ever since. 

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A new location for Lynchburg Rail Day was found at the Boonsboro Ruritan Club, just off of U.S. 501 North near Lynchburg, Virginia. You are invited to take the short and scenic drive northwest of Lynchburg to our biggest location ever! There is plenty of free parking and the building is handicap accessible.Come join us as we carry on an annual Lynchburg tradition!