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of the best means for transporting goods across the country. Because of the fascination with trains, the model trains were the most popular toy for boys in the United States by the 1950’s. With companies like Lionel, MTH and Atlas all producing model trains in the early 1900’s, it’s no wonder the hobby is still alive and well today.

To pay homage to this great hobby, the Piqua Arts Council is putting together a model train and train artwork exhibition from May 10 – 24 (weekdays only) at the Schmidlapp Free School Library 509 N. Main St. The exhibition will be open weekdays from 10am to 3pm with evening presentations on historical topics related to the railroad, model train presentations, and art demonstrations.

Piqua Arts Council

Participating artists

Tom Sorrell

Libby Rudolf

Charles Wright

Meghan Hager

Chuck Clevenger

John Rausch

Judy Belvo

Marsha Elliott

Dan Knepper

Christopher Leeper

Evening Presentations

Tuesday, May 14 - Dick Strous - 6:00pm
N Scale trains in small spaces - How to build a suitcase layout.

Friday, May 17 - Bradford Railroad Museum (Marilyn Kosier) - 6:30pm

History of the railroad in Bradford, Bradford Railroad Museum & Bradford Heritage Festival

Tuesday, May 21 - Jim Marks - 6:00pm

History of trains in Hammond, IN

Thursday, May 23 - Mike Reedy - 6:00pm
Friday, May 24 - Mike Reedy - 1:00pm

His experience with his hobby/obsession, since he was 2 months & 24 days old.

Train Artwork &
Model Trains Exhibition

May 10 - May 24

Opening Reception

Friday, May 10, 5:00-9:00pm
Schmidlapp Free School Library 509 N. Main St.

Train Art & Model Train Exhibition

May 13 – May 24 Weekdays, 10:00a – 3:00pm
Schmidlapp Free School Library 509 N. Main St.

Trains are a vital part of the history of the United States. As early as the 1720’s, railroads had started to emerge in the United States and have evolved over the years to be one