Second-annual International Toy Train Expo held in Eau Claire

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The second-annual International Toy Train Expo was held in Eau Claire Saturday and Sunday.

According to event organizers, the event included more than 100 vendors and exhibitors selling toy trains and other historic items.

Organizers say the event attracted more than 5,000 people.

Charlie Schaaf with the Chippewa Valley Railroad Association said the magic of trains is what continues to attract large crowds that span generations.

“This is particularly geared towards kids,” Schaff said. As you come in the door, there are layouts for kids, kids can take part in it, kids enjoy it, and of course at heart, really, we are all kids. That’s that family magic,” said Schaaf. 

The event featured several models of the Union Pacific Big Boy, one of the biggest locomotives in the world.

The real train will be passing through Eau Claire on its way to Altoona on July 23 and Warrens on July 24.

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