Barbies and trains a hit at railroad club's fundraiser

February 27, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH |
  • Mark Maciejewski looks at items for sale with his 3-year-old son, Brady, on Sunday. The pair perused booths at the 12th annual toy, train and doll show hosted by the Cumberland Valley Model Railroad Club in Scotland, Pa.
By Jennifer Fitch/Staff Writer

SCOTLAND, Pa. — Abby Shew, 5, had more Barbie dolls than she could carry Sunday at the Cumberland Valley Model Railroad Club’s toy, train and doll show.

Abby’s family members bought her Australian Barbie, In-line Skating Barbie and Sixties Fun Barbie at the show held at the Scotland Community Center. The Greencastle, Pa., girl estimated the additional dolls will bring her at-home collection to 57.

Maddie Helman, 3, clutched her own Barbie, while her 6-year-old brother, Cole, perused the model trains being displayed or sold. Their grandmother, Beverly Rotz of Fort Loudon, Pa., said a train set caught Cole’s eye as soon as he walked in the door.

“He’s been in total awe,” Rotz said.

The model railroad club has hosted shows as fundraisers in February and July for 12 years. Organizer Bill Robinson said the 34 vendors offer quality products and a good variety of them.

“We see a lot of the same faces year after year,” Robinson said of vendors and attendees.

The show featured everything from dolls in Dallas Cowboys cheerleading uniforms to Hess trucks and Peanuts memorabilia. Trains in a variety of scales were available.

Abby’s grandfather, Earl Shelly, said he has collected O-scale trains for years, but more recently branched out into toy tractors. Shelly talked about how he tried repeatedly to buy a one-sixteenth scale tractor from a store near Hancock.

He finally succeeded in purchasing the 56-year-old tractor a few years ago.

“You might say I tried to get that for 40 years,” Shelly said.

Abby’s mother, Kathy Shew, said they were impressed with the show during their first visit.

“It’s really nice because it has a variety of stuff,” she said.

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