Lynchburg Rail Day

Blue Ridge NRHS

Our annual model train show is a Lynchburg tradition for more than 35 years. It is always well attended by newcomers to our hobby and veteran modelers alike. Over 400 admissions in recent years. The show has a family atmosphere, with children 12 and under always welcome at no charge when accompanied by a paying adult. The various model layouts with operating trains are a real attraction for all. Enjoy the trains, browse the more than 40 vendor tables, and stay for lunch!

Operating Model Railroad Layouts
Model Railroad and Hobby Vendors
Door Prizes and Raffles
White Elephant Table
Railroad Slide Shows
Food & Beverages

"All aboard" for this year's Lynchburg Rail Day!

Doors open 9:00 AM, August 12, 2017 at the Boonsboro Ruritan Club, 
1065 Coffee Road, Lynchburg, VA. 24503

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Where Is Lynchburg Rail Day? click for directions & map

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Location: Address Description

1065 Coffee Road {State Route 644}, Lynchburg, VA 24503 Lynchburg Rail Day will be held at the Boonsboro Ruritan Club, just off of U.S. 501 North near Lynchburg, Virginia. Make the short and scenic drive northwest of Lynchburg. There is plenty of free parking and the air conditioned building is handicapped accessible.

Location: Directions

FROM POINTS NORTH (Charlottesville, etc.) - Follow US 29 South. Do not take the 29 Business exit just south of Amherst but instead stay on 29 South (a new bypass) to US 460. Exit onto US 460 West towards Lynchburg/Roanoke and then later exit onto US 501 North (Candler's Mt. Road/Buena Vista). After two lights (mall entrance on left), take the right-hand ramp for US 501 North. Go about 3 miles to the light at Lakeside Drive/US 221. At this intersection continue straight until you can turn left at the light onto Lynchburg Expy/Northwest Expy/US 501 North. Go straight. ALERT - At next traffic light turn left off of Expy onto US 501 North. Turn left onto State Rte. 644/Coffee Road at Dollar General. Go about 2 miles. The Boonsboro Ruritan Club will be on the right.

FROM POINTS SOUTH (Danville, etc.) - Follow US 29 North past the airport, under US 460, and into Lynchburg. Shortly after the mall entrance on the right, take the right-hand ramp for US 501 North. Go about 3 miles to the light at Lakeside Drive/US 221. At this intersection continue straight until you can turn left at the light onto Lynchburg Expy/Northwest Expy/US 501 North. Go straight. ALERT – At next traffic light turn left off of Expy onto US 501 North. Turn left onto State Rte. 644/Coffee Road at Dollar General. Go about 2 miles. The Boonsboro Ruritan Club will be on the right.

FROM POINTS EAST (Farmville, etc.) - Follow US 460 West to the US 501 North (Candler's Mt. Road/Buena Vista) exit. Exit here and pass two lights (mall entrance on left), then take the right-hand ramp for US 501 North. Go about 3 miles to the light at Lakeside Drive/US 221. At this intersection continue straight until you can turn left at the light onto Lynchburg Expy/Northwest Expy/US 501 North. Go straight. ALERT – At next traffic light turn left off Expy onto US 501 North. Turn left onto State Rte. 644/Coffee Road at Dollar General. Go about 2 miles. The Boonsboro Ruritan Club will be on the right.

FROM POINTS WEST (Roanoke, etc.) - Follow US 460 East to the right-hand exit for US 460 East Business (Timberlake Rd.). Exit here and follow Timberlake Rd. about 3 miles. Take the right-hand ramp for US 501 North. Go about 2 miles to the light at Lakeside Drive/US 221. At this intersection continue straight until you can turn left at the light onto Lynchburg Expy/Northwest Expy/US 501 North. Go straight. ALERT – At the next traffic light turn left off Expy onto US 501 North. Turn left onto State Rte. 644/Coffee Road at Dollar General. Go about 2 miles. The Boonsboro Ruritan Club will be on the right.

FROM POINTS NORTHWEST (Buena Vista, etc.) Follow US 501 South over the mountain to the village of Boonsboro. Turn right onto State Rte. 644/Coffee Road at Dollar General. Go about 2 miles. The Boonsboro Ruritan Club will be on the right.

Lynchburg Rail Day Map with Boonsboro Ruritan Club Location

 

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pic5b For 37 years, Lynchburg Rail Day brought area modelers and rail fans together for a day of fun, clinics, home layout tours, model contests, and plenty of iron horse tradin g -- all first sponsored by our local model shop, Trains Unlimited.  The show was organized in 1978 by Jim Revell, who held the first Lynchburg Rail Day behind his store on Lakeside Drive in Lynchburg.  Under his guidance the show grew, moving into successively larger venues to accommodate bigger crowds and more expansive modular layouts featuring all of the popular scales.

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Blue Ridge Chapter members helped from the start. They manned display equipment provided by the railroads, including visits by the Best Friend of Charleston, Norfolk Southern's exhibit car, and variety of Amtrak passenger cars over the years. Members helped with set up, model contests and clinics, and eventually took over the food concessions and organized a "white elephant" table as chapter fund raisers.

When Jim Revell sold the shop to Bill Cox in 1996, Rail Day was a well established popular area event operating in the Lynchburg Builder's Association Greenstone Centre. In 2003, Bill decided to retire and sold the store. Coincidentally, the Builder's Centre was optioned to a development.  Both events threatened Rail Day's future. Wanting the show to continue, Blue Ridge Chapter members voted to promote Rail Day themselves and have been sponsoring the event ever since. 

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A new location for Lynchburg Rail Day was found at the Boonsboro Ruritan Club, just off of U.S. 501 North near Lynchburg, Virginia. You are invited to take the short and scenic drive northwest of Lynchburg to our biggest location ever! There is plenty of free parking and the building is handicap accessible.Come join us as we carry on an annual Lynchburg tradition!

Children's Corner

children corner smThe children's train play area proves to be popular every year.  We will provide durable Lionel electric trains and plenty of track that children can use to create layouts and run trains.  The Chapter will provide experienced school teachers to supervise the play area and assist the children in having an enjoyable and successful experience with the trains.  We do ask that each family group have one adult remain with their children while they enjoy the trains in the play area.

 

  

Model Layouts

n scalers smEvery year we have clubs, organizations, and individuals who share modular or portable layouts for the enjoyment of those attending. It is interesting and fun to watch various approaches by those who  demonstrate modeling railroad operations. Children of all ages and serious modelers alike learn something by what these participants share each year. Some of the groups who have participated in recent years include LyNchburg Area N-Scalers, The Simmons Family, Fred Myer's Steam Locomotive Servicing Facility, Carstens Publications Model Crafsman Magazine Projects, Rico Colorado on the Rio Grande Southern Layout.

Vendors

vendors smVendors are the backbone of our show. They are model railroad dealers, publication vendors, collectors, and railroadiana dealers. Their displays represent a variety of railroad interest and often offer special discounts on some items. Peruse, ask questions, and you may find just what you have been looking for.

 

  

White Elephant Table

wh elephant smIn addition to our venders, the Blue Ridge Chapter will have a White Elephant Table featuring all manner of model railroad items as well as books and railroadiana.  Portions of the proceeds from these sales benefit the BRC NRHS and its programs.

  

Lunch and Concessions

concessions smCome enjoy Rail Day and stick around for lunch! Members of the Blue Ridge Chapter NRHS will once again be cooking up several lunch items available throughout the day.  All proceeds from our concessions benefit the chapter and its programs. Samples from last year's menu: 
                         Carolina BBQ Sandwich, chips, drink 
                         Hot Dog, chips, drink
We'll also have chips, sodas, water, and coffee all day long.

 

Slide Shows

A variety of railroad slide shows will be shown throughout the day. These are a great way to see some terrific railroad photography as well as to learn more about the railroad history of our region. These have not not yet scheduled for 2016.

Still have questions?  Contact our Lynchburg Rail Day experts:

Barry Moorefield (434-321-2174 before 9PM) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
John Tanner (434-525-1318)This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Norris Deyerle (434-237-4912)This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.