Over 4,000 “kids of all ages” crowded the aisles at the 28 th annual Rogue Valley Railroad Show, held on Nov. 26 th and 27th, 2005. For these two days, the floor of the National Guard Armory in Medford , OR , was turned into a railroad-themed wonderland, filled with a myriad of railroad-related exhibits and displays.
The Rogue Valley Railroad Show is proudly sponsored and staffed by the five organizations that share facilities at the City of Medford 's Railroad Park : the Southern Oregon Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, the Morse Telegraph Club, Southwest Oregon Large Scale Trains, the Southern Oregon Live Steamers, and the Rogue Valley Model Railroad Club. All proceeds from the show fund improvements to the exhibits at the RR Park.
This year's show featured an eclectic collection of model railroad layouts, encompassing a broad range of scales, themes, and landscapes. Several N-scale modelers exhibited their personal efforts, including two beautifully-landscaped layouts by Bob Marcy of Grants Pass , and a three-train layout by Vince Oredson of Ashland that included structure models inspired by European castles. The White City Model RR Club displayed their N-scale line, complete with mountains, tunnels, and a harbor, and Loren Snyder of Medford exhibited a Z-scale layout featuring mountainous terrain.
A crowd-pleasing garden-scale layout operated by Southwest Oregon Large Scale Trains (SOLST) sported the largest operating models at the show. Their modular layout included a collection of entertaining scenes, such as an amusement park, wedding chapel, and auto junkyard. Saturday's attendees were encouraged to vote for their favorite exhibit, and the SOLST exhibit placed first in this “People's Choice” tally.
The Ashland-based Siskiyou Toy Train Club, runner-up in the “People's Choice' vote, had many attendees re-living their childhood days with their clever layout featuring O-scale Lionel trains. Gary Johnson of Central Point placed third in the balloting with an amusingly detailed N-scale layout featuring a winter fantasy scene.
Other crowd-pleasing exhibits included two large and detailed modular layouts: the Rogue Valley Model Railroad Club's “Pacific & Eastern Line” HO-scale railroad, and the Eugene-based A&P ‘N'-gineer's N-scale railroad. Attendees were encouraged to take the throttle and run the HO-scale train on the “Junior Pretzel” layout and to solve the “Switching Puzzle” layout.