Get a Seat on the ‘A Train!’ Michigan’s Second Largest Model Train Show Set Pulls into Town

Event includes presentation of the movie, Thomas & Friends: Tale of the Brave; proceeds of train show support the Avondale Education Foundation 

Avondale School District, an achievement-oriented learning community focused on student leadership and success in academics, the arts and athletics, announces the 11th annual A Train show will return to Avondale High School on Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event, which attracted more than 1,600 adults and 700 children in 2014, is Michigan’s second largest model train show by attendance and boasts more than 350 tables of trains.

Frank Lams, Avondale’s assistant superintendent for financial services and a train hobbyist himself, has coordinated the A Train since its inception. According to Lams, the event includes door prizes, raffle prizes, refreshments and a presentation of the feature movie, Thomas & Friends: Tale of the Brave in the high school’s auditorium beginning at 1 p.m., the press release stated.

Avondale ATrain picture 1 “We are excited to bring the A Train back for the 11th year as the best model railroad show in the state,” Lams said. “Each year we offer a fun, entertainment-filled event for families at a low price while supporting a great cause, the Avondale Education Foundation.”

The Avondale Education Foundation’s (AEF) mission is to support student development, promote excellence through creative teaching and foster community and school partnerships by securing and allocating financial and other resources to create or expand education related enrichment projects and programs offered through the Avondale School District. The 2014 A Train show raised over $5,000 for the Foundation.

Avondale High School is located at 2800 Waukegan Street in Auburn Hills. The A Train show admission is $4; children age 12 and under are free. Free parking is available on site and a free shuttle for parking is available in Downtown Auburn Hills at the new parking deck at the corner of Auburn and Squirrel. Parking is also available at the Church’s Lumber parking lot on Squirrel just south of Auburn.

To become a financial or in-kind sponsor of the A Train show, contact Frank Lams at 248.537.6008 or

About Avondale School District Avondale School District is a collaborative community of teachers, staff and families working together to assure student success. The district, encompassing portions of Auburn Hills, Bloomfield Township, Troy and Rochester Hills, celebrates the richness of a diverse student population and strives to be a model school community that prepares students to be lifelong learners and contributing citizens to the world that awaits them upon graduation. Learn more about Avondale Schools, an AdvancED accredited district, at

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