August 3, 2013
The Holiday Inn Monticello transformed into a train station Saturday afternoon, in miniature.
The Virginia Train Collectors hosted a train meet, and about a thousand people came to look at the displays, or to buy and sell custom train sets.
The president of the group, Peter Primiani, was happy to see so many kids attending. He says model trains are changing to keep up with a new generation.
"The manufacturers are making a real effort with modern technology to bring young people into the hobby," Primiani said. "So a lot of the trains that we see today are the modern handheld, like computer-type games."
The event brought collectors from Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, and the Washington D.C. area.