A toy train swap meet, sometimes referred to as Scalefest, is planned for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 10 at the Blair County Convention Center, Altoona.
The event is sponsored by the Alto Model Train Museum and offers scale-model sizes such as O-gage, 0-27, S, HO, N and G-scale, as well as a wide variety of new and used accessories.
The venue offers the opportunity to showcase the newest products from manufacturers such as Lionel, MTH-Rail King, Weaver, Williams and others, as well as vintage stock to complete older collections. This event benefits the Alto Model Train Museum, a registered educational and nonprofit organization.
Events such as Scalefest help the organization to provide education, interaction and sustain this avocational interest for all age groups, as well as preserve some of Altoona's significant railroad heritage. There is an admission fee of $5 (which includes a chance to win a Lionel train set). Parking is free.
For vendor table reservations or additional information, contact Ron Kennedy at 696-9671. More than 100 table spaces and food service will be available. The next toy train swap meet is scheduled for October. Anyone having an interest in model railroading is also encouraged to visit the operating layouts at the organization's location at the Antique Depot, 1401 Second Ave., Duncansville, on any weekend. For more information, go to www.altoonatrain.com'>www.altoonatrain.com.