Jan 262015

The Carolina Coastal Railroaders is proud to announce that their 20th Annual Train Show will be held February 21 and 22 in New Bern, North Carolina. The show will be held at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center along the beautiful downtown New Bern waterfront.

The club promises “more layouts, more vendors and more room for you to enjoy the trains.”

Check out the Carolina Coastal Railroaders website for more details.



Jan 212015

The Rise and Fall of Charleston’s Trolleys, 1859-1938
Guest Speaker: historian Nicholas Butler, Ph.D.

King Street Trolley - Charleston, SCOn February the 23rd, the Historic Charleston Foundation will present a talk on the history of Charleston’s trolleys at the Charleston Museum.

For 77 years after the Civil War, the streets of urban Charleston were lined with iron track for a fleet of streetcars or trolleys. The initial horse-drawn system was electrified in 1897, but the cars and tracks were scrapped in 1938 in favor of “modern” diesel buses. Might this pre-automobile relic offer a solution to transportation woes? Join historian Nic Butler for a look back at the motives behind the creation and the demolition of Charleston’s first mass transit system.

A native of the Palmetto State, Dr. Butler attended the University of South Carolina before completing a Ph.D. at Indiana University. He has worked as archivist of the South Carolina Historical Society, as an adjunct faculty member at the College of Charleston, and as a historical consultant for the City of Charleston. Since 2005 he has been archivist, and now historian, for the Charleston County Public Library.

Free Admission!

Monday, February 23, 6 p.m.
The Charleston Museum Auditorium
360 Meeting Street
Charleston 29401

Two Additional Dates …

Wednesday, March 11, 6pm – 7pm
Charleston County Public Library – Main Library
68 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401

Saturday, March 14, 1pm – 2pm
Charleston County Public Library – Main Library
68 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401


Jan 022015

The 2015 Prototye Modeler’s Meet will be held on March 27-28, 2015 at the Port Wentworth, Georgia Community Center. The RPM Meet begins Friday at 9am, with clinics and models all day, finishing with slideshows after dinner. Saturday opens at 9am with a door prize drawing after lunch. The Meet concludes at 5pm with dinner and more slides to follow.

Savannah RPM MeetThe Savannah Prototype Modeler’s Meet is an annual event to showcase prototype models and for modelers to meet and socialize. Held in Port Wentworth, just outside of Savannah, the Meet attracts modelers from around the Southeast and beyond. All are welcome to attend, whether you have models to display or simply wish to learn.

The 2014 RPM Meet saw 70+ people in attendance with hundreds of models on display. They would like to make 2015 even bigger! Spread the word to all your friends so the event can grow. They would like to see 100+ people this year.

This show will feature the usual format for RPM meets. There will be clinics, model displays, and brotherhood. There will be a limited number of vendors in attendance as well as several Historical Societies. Due to the emphasis of these meets being on models, please be sure to bring lots of them. There is plenty of room so that is not an issue. The more models the merrier!


The 2015 clinics are still being scheduled. Below is the 2013 list:

  • Wire Bending For Model Building
  • Modeling A Georgia Rd. SW-7
  • Turning An Athearn “Blue Box” SD-50 Into An Accurate Contest/Display Model
  • Upgrading The Genesis SCL GP-9 To QSI Stereo Sound
  • Late Seaboard System/Early CSX In Eastern North Carolina
  • Building The Calabash Terminal Railroad
  • Corrections For The New Genesis Southern GP38-2

For more information, registration, and directions, check out the Savannah Prototype Modelers Meet website.

Dec 172014

January of 2015 will bring the 26th annual model railroad and train show in Savannah, Georgia. This show is put on by the Coastal Rail Buffs model railroad club of Savannah. The show will be Saturday and Sunday, the 24th and 25th of January. It will be held at the National Guard Armory on Eisenhower Drive which is very convenient to the area and has lots of parking. For more information visit the Coast Rail Buffs website at http://www.coastalrailbuffs.org.

Coastal Railbuffs Show Savannah Georgia

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Nov 262014

Angela Trotta Thomas Best Friend of Charleston Lionel - BannerOn December 5, 5-8 PM, Coco Vivo Art for Living will host an artist reception and artwork sale featuring the new Vintage Holiday Lionel Collection by nationally known artist Angela Trotta Thomas, premier toy train artist in America. Experience nostalgic holiday moments during this festive French Quarter Artwalk show at COCO VIVO as the Angela Trotta Thomas Lionel Train travels through a Christmas village window display. Tim Church III will entertain our guests with a live musical performance of Christmas songs…an evening to remember!

Angela Trotta Thomas Best Friend of Charleston Lionel

Best Friend of Charleston, 16×20 Oil, one of the highlights of our show, depicts a vital part of Charleston history. The original Best Friend of Charleston train, built in the early 1800’s, was a huge and necessary bolt to Charleston’s economy.

The engine has now been restored and is on display on John Street in Charleston.

Mary Lehr, then President of the Charleston Chapter National Railway Historical Society, worked with the famed Lionel Toy Train Company to create a beautiful model of this very unique and colorful Best Friend of Charleston train. Angela Trotta Thomas is the only artist licensed by the Lionel Train Company, an honor she has held for 24 years, and lives in Charleston; it seemed only fitting that Angela feature this beautiful little toy train in her latest painting, Best Friend of Charleston.

Event Dates: 12/5/2014 – 12/31/2014
Reception: 12/5/2014 5:00 – 8:00 PM
Location: COCO VIVO Art for Living, 25 Broad Street, Charleston SC 29401

For more information on the show and reception, check out the Coco Vivo website.

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