Thank you, Huell Howser

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Earlier this week news broke that Huell Howser will be retiring from his beloved show “Calfornia’s Gold” at the end of 2012.

For 19 years Huell has taken viewers up, down and throughout California, taking the time to showcase people and places that might be overlooked otherwise.

He has even come to Fairplex a couple times, most notably to check out the Fairplex Garden Railroad and the Railroad Museum. We are honored to have been featured on the genuine, fun show that captured the eyes and hearts of many in California and beyond.

Thank you Huell! We were happy to be a part of California’s Gold we will definitely miss you! We wish you a happy retirement.

A Train Load of Fun This Weekend

gardenrailroad 150x132 A Train Load of Fun This WeekendIf you are a train enthusiast, you won’t want to miss the SouthWest Garden Railroad Show this weekend which will feature two days of exhibits, seminars and everything else you want to know about garden railroads. You’ll also get to see Fairplex’s own Garden Railroad, one of the largest G gauge railroads in the country.

The train show is Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults. Ages 16 and younger are free! Here is a list of what you’ll see at the show:

  • A live steam track for the hobbyist that loves running trains the way they used to when steam locomotives were king
  • Scale cars and trucks for the model car enthusiasts
  • Precision tools for all types of hobbies and close detail work
  • Parts, people and accessories for custom built projects including locomotive, rolling stock, buildings and more
  • Railroad items, both authentic and reproduced, to add to the decor of your railroad and home
  • Railroad reference material including pictures, videos, art and books
  • The  Southern California Chapter of the Locomotive and Historical Society will have the Railgiants Museum open during the show

Don’t miss out. Bring the entire family to enjoy a day out.

All aboard for The Great Train Expo this weekend at Fairplex!

2481 1thegreattrainexpo All aboard for The Great Train Expo this weekend at Fairplex!Model trains bring out the child in everyone, and The Great Train Expo will be a great way to discover your inner kid. One thing for sure, you’ll be “choo-chooing” on your way home from the show!

The Expo is making its inaugural visit to Fairplex this weekend, July 10 and 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. The national, traveling show offers everything and anything a railroad enthusiast could want.

Some 200 to 500 tables of dealers offer HO scale, N scale, Lionel (O gauge), G gauge, Z scale, American Flyer (S gauge), hobby tools, die-cast vehicles, train whistles, scenery items, railroadiana slides, t-shirts, videos, railroad gift items, books, photos and much more.

Model railroad layouts will be operating, including the Fairplex Garden Railroad, a huge, permanent G Scale layout. And there will be a riding train for children to enjoy.

Hands-on exhibits get you right into the action, along with demonstrations, and workshops for beginning and experienced modelers. If you’d like to sell an old toy train, you’ll be able to get appraisals and possible offers from multiple dealers.

It all happens in Fairplex Building 9 with parking available at Gate 3 on McKinley and Gate 9 on White Avenue. Tickets are $7 for adults and free for children under 12 and admission is good for both days. For more information about the show, visit, or

All Aboard for Southwest Garden Railroad Show

FairplexGardenRailroad trai All Aboard for Southwest Garden Railroad ShowThe small world of garden railroads is a hobby the whole family can enjoy. Everything you need is at this show, including tools, parts, clinics and authentic railroad items, along with dioramas and displays. You’ll meet some nice garden railroad enthusiasts who will be happy to help you get started. The Fairplex Garden Railroad operates during the show. Saturday, Oct. 31-Sunday, Nov. 1, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission $10; age 16 and under are free.