Stay Connected


Michael Kinsley of Marlborough stands behind a display he created of a small town with trains running through it during the train show hosted by Classic Shows, LLC at Zandri’s Stillwood Inn in Wallingford on Sunday. | (Farrah Duffany/ Record-Journal staff)
A train sits on display as George Waterman, right, of Poughkeepsie, New York, packs up his table during the train show hosted by Classic Shows, LLC at Zandri's Stillwood Inn in Wallingford on Sunday afternoon. | (Farrah Duffany/ Record-Journal staff)

Collectors flock to Wallingford model train show


WALLINGFORD — Hundreds of model trains were set up at Zandri’s Stillwood Inn for a train show Sunday as collectors searched through the offerings to find one to take home.

Ludwig Spinelli, of Classic Shows LLC, said it was the company’s first event of the busy holiday season. The show has stopped in town for the past 33 years. He estimated that more than 300 people walked through the exhibit between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. There were 100 tables and 45 vendors.

“It was good,” said Spinelli, who does appraisals and sells Lionel and other vintage trains. “People enjoyed it.”

Toward the front of the hall was a 3-by-6½-foot display of miniature houses, bridges, factories, animals, trees, cars, and of course, trains. For the past five years Michael Kinsley, of Marlborough, has been working to perfect the miniature town. Sunday was the first time he has showcased it.

“The children love it,” said Kinsley as a train made its way over a bridge and through a tiny village.

Kinsley grew up at Boston Harbor around a freight yard and has been interested in trains for more than 30 years.

As the show came to a close, George Waterman, of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., began to pack up his table that was filled with different train pieces. Waterman started collecting three years ago after a friend introduced him to the hobby.

“I go to about nine to 10 shows a year,” Waterman said.

Walking around the event was Phyllis Drescher, who helps coordinate the annual model train show at Sheehan High School in April. She was talking with people at the show and vendors about the April show, which benefits the Sheehan music department. It was also exciting for her to see some of the pieces.

“It’s a community,” Drescher said. “We’re all an incredible community.”

fduffany@record-journal.com (203) 317-2212 Twitter: @FollowingFarrah



Back to LatestNews
Top Stories of the Week

Man charged in March drug raid arrested again by Meriden …
MERIDEN — Police surveillance led to the arrest of two people on drug charges last week, including a 25-year-old city man previously arrested in March … more ...

Last copper beech planted by prominent Meriden industrialist cut down …
MERIDEN — The last of three European copper beech trees planted along Broad Street 150 years ago by prominent industrialist Jebediah Wilcox was cut down … more ...

Meriden man accused of “groping” co-worker in Cheshire …
CHESHIRE — A Meriden man accused of “groping” a co-worker was released on $10,000 bond and is due to appear in court next week, police … more ...

City market sold to Durham investor …
MERIDEN — The former George’s East Side Market and Deli on South Curtis Street sold to a Durham investor who plans to renovate the vacant … more ...

Bikers rally against animal cruelty in Wallingford …
WALLINGFORD — The eighth annual Bikers Against Animal Cruelty rally brought motorcyclists, crafts vendors and animal rescue groups to PNA Park Sunday in support of … more ...

Comments