Left, Nathaniel Baze, 7, at left, talks with Steve Dryke of the North Olympic Railroaders group at the Clallam County Fair in August. The club returns to the fairgrounds this weekend for its 20th annual show. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Left, Nathaniel Baze, 7, at left, talks with Steve Dryke of the North Olympic Railroaders group at the Clallam County Fair in August. The club returns to the fairgrounds this weekend for its 20th annual show. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Railroaders to celebrate 20th train show at county fairgrounds

Event becoming so big, organizers considering expansion again

North Olympic Peninsula Railroaders’ 20th Train Show and Swap Meet

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22

Where: Home Arts/Hobby Barn at Clallam County Fairgrounds, 1608 W. 16th St., Port Angeles

Cost: Free (admission and parking)

Features: Model train displays, dealers, raffles, more

More info: 360-582-1316 or stevenstripp@juno.com

Trains stopped traveling the North Olympic Peninsula decades ago, but passion for them keeps chugging along.

This year marks the 20th year for the North Olympic Peninsula Railroaders’ Train Show and Swap Meet. It’ll be their second year at the Clallam County Fairgrounds, 1608 W. 16th St. in Port Angeles, after they moved to seek more floor space.

“It went fantastic,” club vice-president John Kumparak said.

“It turned out really great. It was a good move.”

This year’s free show runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, and features numerous train displays, raffles and much more.

Kumparak said one of the highlights is the Bremerton Northern club bringing its two large model train layouts in HO (30 feet by 43 feet) and N (5 feet by 40 feet) scale.

“They have the distinction of it being the largest traveling HO scale in the Northwest,” he said.

The local model railroad club plans to bring its N scale models as club members continue to rebuild their traveling HO set.

“Our focus is on the North Olympic Peninsula from Forks to Port Townsend,” Kumparak said.

“We want it to be more realistic in keeping with the history.”

Club president Steve Stripp said their display has gone through a lot of variations over six-plus years but the Bremerton club took 10 years to build theirs.

Those who attended the Clallam County Fair this summer likely got a small sample of what the club’s show looks like.

Stripp said some club members plan to bring various train layouts in N scale, Lego, Brio and more. The club also brings out its HO and wooden trains and tracks for children to try, too.

Peninsula Railway and Lumbermen’s Museum plans to bring a speeder display from Shelton.

Along with trains and displays, club members anticipate about 40 exhibitors selling, trading and appraising trains at the show.

“We’re considering two buildings for next year,” Kumparak said.

“The best we’ve had (before the fairgrounds) was 13 or 14. It’s gotten really big.”

Club members also shifted the show a month earlier for two reasons — parking and to avoid competition.

Kumparak said disabled parking will be open for the September show because in October fair officials typically shut down the lot across from the Arts and Hobbies barn due to swampy conditions. For Sept. 21-22, however, there should be ample parking, he said.

They moved a month earlier to avoid competing with other Washington shows in October, too.

“We’re trying to separate from other groups,” Kumparak said. “We hope they’ll come here.”

The North Olympic Peninsula Railroaders meet at 3 p.m. on the last Saturday of the month at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.

Also, look for the club at the Dungeness River Festival on Friday, Sept. 27.

For more information, call 360-582-1316 or email to stevenstripp@juno.com.

Reach Matthew Nash at mnash@sequimgazette.com.

For the second year, the North Olympic Peninsula Railroaders setup their annual train show at the Clallam County Fairgrounds on Sept. 21-22. Club vice-president John Kumparak the club continues to grow and see younger members join. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

For the second year, the North Olympic Peninsula Railroaders setup their annual train show at the Clallam County Fairgrounds on Sept. 21-22. Club vice-president John Kumparak the club continues to grow and see younger members join. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Below, members of Bremerton Northern setup their displays at last year’s North Olympic Peninsula Railroaders’ train show. They return for this year’s event Sept. 21-22 at the Clallam County Fairgrounds. Photo courtesy of John Kumparak

Below, members of Bremerton Northern setup their displays at last year’s North Olympic Peninsula Railroaders’ train show. They return for this year’s event Sept. 21-22 at the Clallam County Fairgrounds. Photo courtesy of John Kumparak

Railroaders to celebrate 20th train show at county fairgrounds

Below, members of Bremerton Northern setup their displays at last year’s North Olympic Peninsula Railroaders’ train show. They return for this year’s event Sept. 21-22 at the Clallam County Fairgrounds. Photo courtesy of John Kumparak

Railroaders to celebrate 20th train show at county fairgrounds

Below, members of Bremerton Northern setup their displays at last year’s North Olympic Peninsula Railroaders’ train show. They return for this year’s event Sept. 21-22 at the Clallam County Fairgrounds. Photo courtesy of John Kumparak

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