By STEVE WILLIS/Cowcatcher Magazine
The Rocky Mountain Toy Train Show appears to be growing from its modest beginnings with hopes of becoming a giant in the business.
Organizers of the Denver-area show, set for March 7-8, hope to transform what were cozy holiday meets in the ’70s to an annual event on par with the top shows in the country. A gamble to move a few years ago to the spacious Denver Mart and lots of legwork by Chairman Jim Marski appear to be paying off.
This year’s 39th installment, billed as the largest train show west of the Mississippi, is filling 120,000 square feet of space with a host of model manufacturers, more than 600 sales tables and nearly three dozen layouts. The show, hosted by the Rocky Mountain Division of the Train Collectors Association, is the first of two in 2015, and the fifth in the spring since the group expanded its format.
“One of our goals was to develop the show into the must-attend railroad show for the western half of the United States,” Marski said in an email. “The East Coast has the Amherst Show in Springfield, MA, the Midwest has Trainfest in Milwaukee, WI, and the West will have the Rocky Mountain Train Show. To meet this goal, we needed to attract the major hobby manufacturers.”