National Model Train Show on track to impress crowds at the Orange County Convention Center this weekend


  • Darren Bockman
“Trainspotting” is a term used in reference to any sort of hobby that revolves around meticulous attention to detail. It’s derived from railway aficionados who would obsessively record the engine numbers of locomotives that stopped in their towns, though the term is often applied to those who obsess over vinyl record pressing labels, comic book issue numbers, or any other interest that boasts an excessive amount of minutiae. And minutiae is just what you’ll get at the National Model Train Show, taking over the Orange County Convention Center this weekend. Manufacturers and retailers create dazzling displays of miniature railways, festooned with tiny towns, tunnels, flora, fauna and more. Each diorama represents hundreds of hours of work, especially the 2,500-square-foot Incredible LEGO MiniLand, made from millions of LEGO pieces. And of course, most of what you see will be available for purchase, just in case you want to turn your own garage into a monument to minutiae.

noon-6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday | Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International Drive | | $14-$26


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