Model train show at Kern County Fairgrounds brings collectors and families together
The show is the county's original and largest show
Last Updated: 100 days ago
Trains have a history of helping people travel so they can come together. While you can't hop on board a model train, they too have a history of bringing people together.
"Just a bunch of guys that never grew up," Bob Randall said at this weekend's show. "Enjoy playing with trains and been playing all our lives. A good hobby and it will last a lifetime."
Or maybe a model train hobby can last longer than a single lifetime.
For instance take Vince Hoss, he passed his passion for trains on to his son Theodore.
"I kind of got in to it when I was a kid and really enjoyed it and I kind of passed along the tradition to my son," Vince Hoss said.
There is also the Canfield-Wilcox family. Grandpa Fred Canfield recalls the train set at his parent's house and how the hobby has been passed on several times now.
"They had a circus and a train layout that I helped build with my father. So this, you know, we are getting into the fourth-generation of this circus," Fred Canfield said.
This model train show let collectors and in many cases families come together and enjoy a shared hobby - which for some is just part of the family story now.
"A lot of people don't have family history anymore and we have family history, so I think that is really neat to be able to share with him," Carolyn Canfield-Wilcox said.
These family traditions don't look like they will be ending anytime soon.
"I think it will continue on," Hoss said. "It's places like this where you pass it on from generation to generation."
Which is what looks like will happen with the Canfield-Wilcox train collection and their family history.
"I like it the way it is. I just want to kind of clean it up. Refurbish it a little bit, because it is pretty old," Eric Wilcox, the youngest train collector in the family said.
More than 100 vendors were at the show this weekend, with 1000's of square feet of model railroad tracks on display.
The annual train show was presented by the Golden Empire Historical and Modeling Society of Bakersfield.
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