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Model railroad convention

The sixth-annual Train Show hosted by the Sioux City Cosmopolitan Club kicks off Saturday. 

SOUTH SIOUX CITY | The sixth annual Train Show, hosted by the Sioux City Cosmopolitan Club, convenes Saturday at the Delta Hotel Center in South Sioux City. 

Model train enthusiast John Koskovich said the show was moved to the hotel this year from its previous home at the Sergeant Bluff Community Center. 

"Sergeant Bluff decided to put a hardwood gym floor in their facility," he said, which prohibited them from driving forklifts to set up the large number of tables and exhibits. 

Though Koskovich called the Sergeant Bluff Community Center a "great facility" that worked well for the train show in years past, the floor issue meant having the train show there was not meant to be. 

"It just was not going to work well," he said. So they moved to Delta. 

There are 111 vendor tables at the show, Koskovich said, selling absolutely everything a train enthusiast could dream of -- including books, memorabilia and, of course, model trains. There will be toy trains for children, as well as every type of serious model train -- from the tiny "Z scale" trains and the somewhat larger "N scale," all the way up to the larger, old-style "S gauge" and "O gauge." 

There will also be a concession stand (enabling enthusiasts to stay at the show all day, Koskovich says), and a number of special exhibits, as well as a seminar led by Sioux City Public Museum archives director Tom Munson about the history of trains in Sioux City. 

BNSF Railway is hosting a "Look, Listen and Live" train safety program for children and adults, featuring a train simulator that shows children the train from an engineer's perspective. 

"They don't stop a train on a dime," Koskovich said. 

But wait -- there's even more for the young ones. 

"The big new thing for this year, is I have a push-pull train ride that's on a 45-foot circle," Koskovich said. "The kids themselves will push the lever on the train to make it move -- kind of like an old hand car." 

Koskovich says most years the show sees about 1,200 visitors. 

"As I say, whether you're 2 or 102, you will enjoy your day," he added. 

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misstated where the Delta Hotel Center is located. It is in South Sioux City. 


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