The annual Rail Fair opened at Copeland Park in La Crosse Saturday.
The event hosted vendors from six different states, with more than 200 tables of railroad-related merchandise. The buy, sell and trade event offered model, toy and antique trains, books, magazines and memorabilia.
Organizers say the festival can bring back memories for those involved in the railroad industry.
“La Crosse was a big railroad town in its earlier days, and a lot of families have roots with the railroad industry, so you get some sentiments involved in there for sure - some parents or grandparents or aunts and uncles work for the railroad in some capacity or were affiliated with it,” said Mark Hamre, president of the 4000 Foundation, which hosts the event.
Organizers say they expected more than 2,000 people to stop by.