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For Immediate Release


Fun for the entire family awaits attendees to the World’s Greatest Hobby Train Show at the SMG-managed Greater Columbus Convention Center on January 8-9.

“For families, definitely Thomas the Tank Engine is the biggest attraction, followed by all the operating trains,” said Kurt Jablonski, public relations representative for World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour. “At any given time, there are hundreds of trains running at the same time on multiple tracks. Even if you’re not that into trains, you can appreciate them for what they are. Family members can relive their memories of train travel and tell their kids about their experiences.”

There will be dozens of operating model railroads, more than 200 booths from a variety of train manufacturers and suppliers, trains that adults can run, 100 Thomas the Tank Engine trains kids can operate, demonstrations, seminars and a giant Thomas the Tank Engine train that kids can hop on for free once admitted to the show.

Hours for the event are Saturday, January 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, January 9.

Tickets are $10 for adults and good for admission both days of the show. Kids under 16 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult paying admission. Cash payments only are accepted at the door.

The show focuses on all the aspects of model railroading, including the carpentry, artistry, engineering and historical research involved in preparing model railroads.

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“This entertaining event is a great way for families to be introduced to all the facets of model railroading together and add to their own train sets at home,” said SMG Regional General Manager Craig M. Liston.

The Greater Columbus Convention Center, located in downtown Columbus, hosted an estimated 2.5 million visitors in 2010. The facility is owned by the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority and is managed by Philadelphia-based SMG.

Since 1977, SMG has provided management services to more than 220 public assembly facilities including arenas, stadiums, theatres and performing arts centers, equestrian facilities and convention, congress and exhibition centers. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 11 million square feet of exhibition space. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides construction and design consulting,
pre-opening services, venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through an in-house catering company, Savor, currently servicing more than 100 accounts worldwide.

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Jennifer B. Davis
Marketing & Communications Manager
Greater Columbus Convention Center
(614) 827-2538