Paul Almquist

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Who: Paul Almquist, vice president of West Wisconsin Railroad Club.

Talks about: 17th annual Train Show.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Where: YMCA Indoor Sports Center, 3456 Craig Road.

Cost: Adults $6, students 6 to 16 are $3, children 5 and younger are free.

How many years have you been at the indoor sports center? What will be the likely attendance?

It’s probably been four years there. Our attendance is in the hundreds — maybe 500 up to 1,000. Most are from western Wisconsin, but we do get some from Minnesota, and occasionally some from Iowa and Illinois.

What makes this such a fun event?

Trains have always been fascinating to people, especially kids. They love the steam engines. It’s a fun time.

How many display tables will be there, and where are they all from?

We have 19 vendors and 17 layouts, which are operating train displays. Most go in circles. One has a point-to-point layout they custom-build for each show, depending on how much space they have.

Is the show just displays, or will there be items for sale as well?

Some of the vendors are selling new things, and some will have really old trains for sale. Sometimes, a person has died and the family wants to sell the collection. There is a lot of bargain hunting going on.

Any particularly unique trains coming?

There will be one that is operating on steam. The great majority are electric-powered.