ChapterMeetingsProgramsEventsMembersRail DayArticlesPhotosLinksContact

Come visit Lynchburg's annual Rail Day event!

Celebrating 34 years of fun for the entire family!

2nd Saturday in August, every year!
Boonsboro Ruritan Club

Next Rail Day will be August 11, 2012    Reserve the date!


What is Lynchburg Rail Day? click here


Vendors: get your 2012 registration forms now! (click here)

White Elephant Table participants: get your 2012 guidelines now (click here)


 

Pictures from Previous Years

Vendors! Food! Displays! Tours!

photo credits Garland Harper & Matt Couch


Next Rail Day will be August 11, 2012   Reserve the date!

QUICK
LINKS

Directions
Tickets
Lunch
Children's Corner
Layouts
Vendors
Slide Shows
Exposition
History
Contacts

Our annual model train show is a Lynchburg tradition and is always well attended by newcomers to our hobby and veteran modelers alike. The show has a family atmosphere, with children 12 and under always welcome at no charge when accompanied by a paying adult.  The various model layouts with operating trains are a real attraction for all. Enjoy the trains, browse the vendor tables, and stay for lunch!

Operating Model Railroad Layouts
Model Railroad and Hobby Vendors
Model & Photography Exposition
Door Prizes and Raffles
White Elephant Table
Railroad Slide Shows
Food & Beverages

Browse the links to the left for much more information.

"All aboard" for this year's Lynchburg Rail Day!

Location

Lynchburg Rail Day 2012 will be held at the Boonsboro Ruritan Club, just off of U.S. 501 North  near Lynchburg, Virginia. Make 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.

From out of town? Need accommodations?
Check out special rates available
at the Kirkley Hotel (click here).

Boonsboro Ruritan Club

Directions

FROM POINTS NORTH (Charlottesville, etc.) - Follow US 29 South.  Do not take the 29 Business exit just south of Amherst but instead stay on 29 south (a new bypass) to US 460.  Exit onto US 460 West toward Lynchburg and then later exit onto US 501 North (Candler's Mt. Road/Beuna Vista).  After two lights (mall entrance on left), take the right-hand ramp for US 501 North.  Go about 3 miles to the light at Lakeside Drive/US 221.  See italics at right.

FROM POINTS SOUTH (Danville, etc.) - Follow US 29 North past the airport, under US 460, and into Lynchburg.  Shortly after the mall entrance on the right, take the right-hand ramp for US 501 North.  Go about 3 miles to the light at Lakeside Drive/US 221.  See italics at right.

FROM POINTS EAST (Farmville, etc.) - Follow US 460 West to the US 501 North (Candler's Mt. Road/Beuna Vista) exit.  Exit here and pass two lights (mall entrance on left), then take the right-hand ramp for US 501 North.  Go about 3 miles to the light at Lakeside Drive/US 221.  See italics at right.

FROM POINTS WEST (Roanoke, etc.) - Follow US 460 East to the right-hand exit for US 460 East Business (Timberlake Rd.). Exit here and follow Timberlake Rd. about 3 miles.  Take the right-hand ramp for US 501 North.  Go about 2 miles to the light at Lakeside Drive/US 221.  See italics at right.

FROM POINTS NORTHWEST (Buena Vista, etc.) Follow US 501 South over the mountain to the village of Boonsboro.  Turn right onto Coffee Rd. (Rt. 644).  Go 2 miles.  The Boonsboro Ruritan Club is on the right.

 

Continue straight on US 501 North through the light at Lakeside Drive/US 221. At the next light, turn left to follow US 501 North, now called "Northwest Expressway." At the next light at Boonsboro Road, turn left again to follow US 501 North. Go about 2 miles and turn left onto Coffee Rd. (Rt. 644). Go about 2 more miles. The Boonsboro Ruritan Club is on the right.

Printer-friendly version

Times and Tickets

 

Doors open for Rail Day 2012 at 9:00 am and the show will run until 4:00 pm.  Concessions and lunch will be served throughout the day.

Admission for Rail Day is only $6.00 for adults and can be purchased at the door. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a paying adult.  Bring the family!

 

 

 

Lunch and Concessions

Come enjoy Rail Day and stick around for lunch! Members of the Blue Ridge Chapter NRHS will once again be cooking up several lunch items available throughout the day.  All proceeds from our concessions benefit the chapter and its programs.
Samples from last year's menu:                   

Carolina BBQ Sandwich, chips, drink
Hot Dog, chips, drink

We'll also have chips, sodas, water, and coffee all day long.

Lunch and Concessions

 

Children's Corner

Times and Tickets Rail Day 2012 will continue and expand the children's train play area that was so popular last year.  We will provide durable Lionel electric trains and plenty of track that children can use to create layouts and run trains.  The Chapter will provide experienced school teachers to supervise the play area and assist the children in having an enjoyable and successful experience with the trains.  We do ask that each family group have one adult remain with their children while they enjoy the trains in the play area.

 

Model Layouts

 

(types of layouts in recent years)

N-Trak Modular Layout  (N scale)
The LyNchburg Area N-Scalers will be bringing more than 20 N-Trak modules assembled to make a large layout with a fully sceniced main line loop and yard.

 

 

Family Layout Project (HO scale)

The Simmons family had the first module of the M&R Railway on display at RailDay 2008.  This is a family layout project that daughter, son and father have continued to work on over weekends, and with the help of others, has now grown into a 10' by 14' operating layout.  They freelance so they can model whatever they like, but the layout has a strong Southern Railway influence.

 

 

Steam Locomotive Servicing Facility (HO scale)
Fred Mayer will display his model of a Great Northern locomotive servicing facility with roundhouse, turntable and coal dock.  The scene will be completed with a selection of Fred's high quality models of the road's classic motive power.

 

 

Railroad Model Craftsman Magazine Project Layout (HO Scale)

George Riley works for Carstens Publications, and one of his jobs is to prepare the annual train set supplement and build a beginner's layout to describe therein.   This year's project set out to demonstrate that a complete 4' by 6' layout can be completed for less than $500, including lumber, table legs, track, train set, structures, scenery, and state-of-the-art DCC digital control system.

 

 

Rico, Colorado on the Rio Grande Southern (On30 Scale)

Gary Quale and George Riley have been working on a series of modules compatible with the James River Division  of the NMRA's On30 modular layout project.  Three of the modules comprising a 2'  by 10' yard scene will be on display.  On30 means that these models are built to O scale with 1:48 proportions, but operate on HO gauge track to represent narrow gauge trains with just 30" between the rails.

 

N&W, Burkeville to Crewe (HO scale) P.J. Reed has been a dedicated helper at past RailDays assisting in the operation of various display layouts.  This year, P.J. brings his own portable layout, a 4' by 10' HO layout which allows the simultaneous operation of two trains on interconnected loops.  He captures the spirit of operations on the N&W between Burkeville and Crewe, VA.  P.J. has a special talent for finding clever uses of common household items in creating the scenery for his layouts

 

Model Layouts

N-Trak Layout

 

 

 

 

 

 

Times and Tickets

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photography  & Modeling Exposition

Calling all railroad modelers and photographers!  Bring your work to the Model Exposition at Lynchburg Rail Day.  Scratch builders or Ready-to-Run can join in the fun!  Awards will be given for:

Craftsmanship  |  Originality  |  Popular appeal

in the following categories:

Photo (8x10 color or b/w)   |   Freight and Passenger Cars

Steam and Diesel Locomotives   |   Structure

Diorama (model of RR scene)

Favorite Train (circus, passenger, logging, etc)

Click here for specifics on entering contest or more information

Special Note for Boy Scouts

 

Slide Shows

Again this year, various railroad slide shows will be shown throughout the day. These are a great way to see some terrific railroad photography as well as to learn more about the railroad history of our region.

More information coming soon!

QUICK
LINKS

Directions
Tickets
Lunch
Children's Corner
Layouts
Vendors
Slide Shows
Exposition
History
Contacts

 

 

Vendors

Vendors are the backbone of our show, and once again a number of model railroad and railroadiana dealers will be at Rail Day, including:

More information coming soon!

Vendors: Download a Registration Form

 

Vendors
Welcome New Vendor this Year

Laubisch Photos from Cincinnati, Ohio. Photographic specialties include Railroadiana: foreign and domestic. Jack Laubisch is member of the C&O Historical Society and the Mid-Central Region/Division 7/National Model Railroad Association.

www.laubischphotos.com

White Elephant Table
 

White Elephant Table In addition to our venders, the Blue Ridge Chapter will have a White Elephant Table featuring all manner of model railroad items as well as books and railroadiana.  Portions of the proceeds from these sales benefit the BRC NRHS and its programs.

Download the White Elephant Table guidelines for 2012 here.

History of Lynchburg Rail Day

Lynchburg Rail Day For 34 years, 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 trading -- all sponsored by our local model shop, Trains Unlimited.  The show was organized in 1978 by Jim Revell, who held the first 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.

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. 

Lynchburg Rail Day
Lynchburg Rail Day 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.  Come join us as we carry on an annual Lynchburg tradition!

Help Spread the Word

Click here for a Rail Day Flier

For More Information

Still have questions?  Contact our Lynchburg Rail Day experts:

Barry Morefield (434-321-2174 before 9PM) bmopar@verizon.net
John Tanner (434-525-1318) flytrains@verizon.net
Norris Deyerle (434-237-4912) railcow@msn.com
 

For all inquiries concerning Railroad Model/Photography Exposition Contest
contact:

Fred Mayer (434-384-2773) barbalin@comcast.net
 

 

The small trains on this page are used here by permission of Frograil.com.
Visit
Frograil's Train GIFs page to download your own!

CHAPTER | Meetings | Programs | Events | Members | Rail Day | Archives | Photos | Links | Contact us

Blue Ridge Chapter ~ Lynchburg, Virginia ~ National Railway Historical Society
Unauthorized duplication of website content is prohibited.