SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Big E is ready for the thousands of New England Model Railroading enthusiasts expected this weekend at the Amherst Railway Societies Model Railroad Hobby Show throughout the exposition grounds.

The folks putting on the two day railroad hobby show say advance ticket sales and hotel reservations have them expecting high attendance. Visitors will see what some 350 exhibitors have put together for those who love model railroading.

“Well I’ve been with the layout group since it started back in 1978, when I was still in high school in Amherst. I was living up in Amherst and being continuously here when we moved away to Salt Lake. Still come back to the show, enjoy the show,” said Alan.

“I’ve been doing this since I started model railroading back in 1977, 78… and over the years I’ve built many of these models that are still here today,” said Steve Belforti.

The Railroad Hobby Show is considered the largest show of its kind in North America. Real-life railroads and scale-model railroads will be on display, along with several hands-on clinics.

Visit on Saturday, January 28th from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Better Living Center, Young & Stroh Building, Mallary Complex. Tickets are $15 for adults and free for kids 15 and under.