Geddes (WSYR-TV) - For decades, fans of model trains have been traveling to New York from Canada, New England, and other parts of the nation to marvel at miniature versions of old and new railroad collectibles.
This weekend marks the 39th year of The Great New York State Model Train Fair. The event is expected to attract 6,000 people to the New York State fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday.
Organizers call November "National Model Railroad Month", just as many families display miniature train sets during the holidays.
The fair is spread over 90,000 square feet at the Empire Expo Center, where more than 30 layouts are set up, surrounded by dozens of vendors.
Special exhibits include a Thomas the Tank Engine and a trackless train from Connecticut referred to as "Roaming Railroad", which will take visitors for a ride around the fairgrounds.
The Central New York Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society sponsors the event, one of their largest fundraisers. Proceeds benefit the restoration of historic railroad cars, the Martisco Station Museum, and the Central Square Station Museum.