Exciting News! Entertainment and Education at the Train Show


Saturday and Sunday beginning at 12:00 PM.  Railroad songs and the explanation behind the songs. Performed by “Boxcar Tourists featuring Boyd Bristow” 


South Dakota State Railroad Museum    featuring Rick Mills – Noted Author and Historian

Saturday afternoon at 1:00:

“South Dakota Railroading 101”

A PowerPoint program focusing on the most important and topical people, places, and trains that have shaped Dakota Territory and the State as we know it today. Designed for both children and adults alike.

Sunday afternoon at 2:00:

The South Dakota Railroad Photography of Otto Perry”

Otto Perry (1894 – 1970) was an accomplished American photographer specializing in railroad photos. Perry traveled extensively in Colorado, the surrounding plains, and north to the Black Hills of South Dakota in a five-decade pursuit to preserve a changing, and ultimately diminishing, era of railroading. His historic images captured narrow gauge steam locomotives, classic passenger trains, lowly freight trains, quintessential short lines, and the rise and ultimate dominance of diesel locomotives.

In South Dakota, Otto trained his camera lenses on the equipment and operations of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy; the Chicago and North Western; the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific; and the local favorite – the Rapid City, Black Hills and Western. This PowerPoint program presents a selection of these images, plus re-photographed images of some of the same scenes today. 

Also at the show:

Featured model railroad vendors scheduled to attend:

  • Spring Creek Model Trains – Deshler, NE
  • Teskey’s Trains – Waseca, MN
  • Tyler Neesman – Columbus, WI
  • Other model railroad vendors:
  • Edgemont, SD
  • Council Bluffs, IA
  • Royalton, MN
  • Various local vendors

Featured model railroad layouts scheduled to attend:

  • Frankfort Sub Division Model Train Club – Frankfort, KS – 38’ x 26’ layout HO scale
  • Other model railroad layouts on display:
  • Z scale – 4’ table
  • N scale – 12’ x 12’
  • HO scale – 6’ x 12’
  • S scale – 6’ x 18’
  • Lionel scale – 4’ x 12’
  • Two switching layouts
    • For children and kids at heart to operate