56th annual RailFair 2021 – Oct 2/3 – for families, children, collectors – Jeff Gross

by Jeff Gross, contributing writer

The Nashua Valley Model Railroad Association (NVRRA) announces its 56th annual “Railfair 2021” model train show on Saturday October 2nd and Sunday October 3rd, 2021 (10am-4pm each day). 

Attractions include model railroad displays, layouts, exhibits, dealers, and a new children’s “caboose corner” containing all sorts of fun for families with young children. It will be held at the Boxboro Regency Hotel, 242 Adams Place, in Boxborough, Massachusetts. Two-day admission is $8, and children under 12 are free.

The event is geared towards model railroaders (new and experienced), families with children, and anyone who enjoys trains or model railroading. “We will have many exhibitors such as the Amherst Belt Lines, the National Model Railroad Association’s Hub Division, and the European Train Enthusiasts Clubs who will operate their huge and spectacular modular train layouts with a variety of running trains. Many other displays showing various railroad exhibits (both operating and stationary) will be on hand also. Over 35 model railroad dealers will be on hand to sell, buy, or trade all sorts of model railroad items. It will be a fun day for all attendees!” says Peter D’Olimpio, a director of the NVRRA. 

D’Olimpio went on, “We have expanded floor space this year by almost 75% to include our new ‘Kid’s Caboose Junction’ which will offer a variety of hands-on exhibits for children”.  The Junction will include, among other things, train rides on a small point-to-point train, a Disneyland monorail layout complete with many characters, 2 large interactive modular layouts where children can activate various scenes on selected modules, “Operation Lifesaver” which promotes railroad safety, and other famous kids trains and exhibits.

Train gauges of G, O, S, HO, and N will be available for purchase as well as diecast vehicles of all scales, train videos, scenery of all types, buildings and, for the new to the hobby, ready to assemble and operate complete train sets.  The hotel restaurant is open so one can catch breakfast or lunch there as well. The hotel is set way in the back so keep an eye on the train show signs. The commute is 1 hour, 10 minutes from Providence, off Interstate 495.

Hope to see you there.

Photos Courtesy of NVRRA with text help from Paul Stansel


Jeffrey “Jeff” Gross spent 21 years as an Analytical Chemist at the USCG R&D Center in Groton, Connecticut, Woods Hole Laboratories, and Helix Technologies. Changing careers is a “great learning experience for everyone”, Jeff says, and I’m an avid outdoorsman and conservationist, a student of the sciences, and the world. The US holds too many wonders not to take a chance and explore them”.

Jeff is the Model Train and Railroad entrepreneur. Proud Golden Retriever owner. Ultra strong Second Amendment Advocate and Constitutionalist. “Determined seeker of the truth”. 

Jeff is a RIFGPA Legislative and Legal Officer, Freshwater Chairman, NRA Liaison.

His subjects include Outdoors, Second Amendment, Model Railroading, and Whimsical.

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