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3rd Annual Smoke Stack Hobby Shop Field Trip

This year’s big event will be on August 20th. We are planning a trip to Bellevue, Ohio to visit the Mad River and Nickel Plate Railroad Museum. The Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum was opened in 1976 as a lasting bicentennial project featuring our local railroad heritage. It has since become the largest rail museum in Ohio. We will have a private tour of the museum, after which you will be free to roam the grounds on your own.

After the museum tour, we will be heading to lunch at Twin Lakes Golf Course & Restaurant. Lunch will be an all-you-can-eat buffet.

From lunch we will move on to Kemper Rail Park to take part in Rail Fest 2016. The Kemper Rail Park is a special viewing area and is situated at the West end of Norfolk Southern’s Bellevue Terminal, the largest classification rail yard on NS, and the 2nd largest in the United States. You’ll see trains headed to, and coming from Chicago, Fort Wayne, St Louis, Toledo, Detroit, Columbus, and nearby Sandusky. You’ll also see the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad come in and out of Bellevue. 100 train movements per day through this area is possible, with a variety of foreign locomotives as well.

Cost is $70 and includes your roundtrip transportation, the museum tour, lunch, the Kemper Yard viewing, and snacks and drinks on the bus.

Departure from Lancaster will be at 7:30 a.m. and we anticipate returning at 7:30 p.m. Our departure point will be Lowe’s on Rt.33 in Lancaster. Parking will be at the end of the lot, furthest from the store.

If you are located in Columbus, we are working on a pickup spot in that direction so you don’t have to come all the way down to Lancaster.  And for those of you who were with us last year, we have upgraded the bus! 🙂 We will have an on-board bathroom, reclining seats, overhead luggage area, air conditioning, DVD, and Wi-Fi.

Click here to purchase tickets on-line. Or call the shop at 740-653-0404. Tickets are limited to the first 55 reservations.

2nd Annual SSHS R/C Day and Swap Meet at the Fairgrounds

Sunday, June 26, 2016 will be our 2nd Annual R/C Day and Swap Meet at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds in Lancaster, Ohio

Bring your radio-controlled car, truck, plane, quad, or helicopter to the fairgrounds from noon to 3 for a fun-filled day of interactive fun.

We plan on setting up a number of race courses for the R/C vehicles including an oval course, a road-race course, a rock crawling course, and a drag strip.

We will also have a limited number of demo vehicles from Traxxas that can be checked our for short demo runs.

If the weather permits, we hope to have some aircraft demonstrations including the Delta Ray from Hobbyzone and the Yuneec Q500 quadcopter.  The Delta Ray comes  equipped with Safe technology allowing even beginners to get off the ground and fly in only a matter of minutes.

The Yuneec is s high-end drone with high-def video and still photo capabilities, and can even return to home base and land itself!!

We will have our full staff there so you can get on the spot answers and instructions.

In The Box concessions and Weldon’s Ice Cream will be there serving hot dogs, hamburgers, fries, cold drinks and your favorite cold desserts.

New this year is the Swap Meet portion of the day. Due to limited space at the shop, we have decided to hold our swap meet at the fairgrounds in conjunction with the R/C Day. Bring your hobby related items for sale or trade. Bring your own tables, set up a blanket, or sell from your trunk.

It should prove to be an exciting day (if Mother Nature cooperates).

Smoke Stack R/C Day at the Fairgrounds

Sunday, June 14th will be our first R/C Day at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds in Lancaster, Ohio

Bring your radio-controlled car, truck, plane, quad, or helicopter to the fairgrounds from noon to 3 for a fun-filled day of interactive fun.

We plan on setting up a number of race courses for the R/C vehicles including an oval course, a road-race course, a rock crawling course, and a drag strip.

We will also have a limited number of demo vehicles from Traxxas that can be checked our for short demo runs.

If the weather permits, we hope to have some aircraft demonstrations including the Delta Ray from Hobbyzone and the Yuneec Q500 quadcopter.  The Delta Ray comes  equipped with Safe technology allowing even beginners to get off the ground and fly in only a matter of minutes.

The Yuneec is s high-end drone with high-def video and still photo capabilities, and can even return to home base and land itself!!

We will have our full staff there so you can get on the spot answers and instructions.  Murph will also be there with his famous $2 hot dog lunch.  You will also get a sneak peek at the latest hobby shop addition.

It should prove to be an exciting day (if Mother Nature cooperates).  There will be no rain date as the fairgrounds are pretty booked up for the summer.  Keep an eye on our web site or Facebook page for updates if the weather should prove to be questionable.

See you on the 14th!!!