An intricate train display — with realistic locomotives, tracks and details, like scaled-to-exacting-size foliage — may find you nostalgic for the holiday tradition of model trains beneath the Christmas tree. You can get up close to see model trains that you associated the holidays with, or, as a true hobbyist, that you love year-round, at shows and meets held just before Thanksgiving.
Northern Spur Train and Swap Meet, Lindenhurst Firemen’s Pavilion, Heling Boulevard, Lindenhurst. Nov. 4.
Come here for the model railroad equipment and Hess, plastic and die-cast vehicles, which are up for sale and on display; as well as to view the all-gauge test track. Hours: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Central Operating Lines All Gauge Swap Meet, Island Bingo, 1055 Portion Road, Farmingville. Nov. 11.
More than 90 vendors sell or trade any moving and stationary parts imaginable for your dream model train set. Hours: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Central Operating Lines Open House, 50A Carlough Road, Bohemia. Nov. 17-18
Marvel at the club’s O gauge model railroad display, featuring four main lines, an elevated transit line, a logging line and a below-ground subway. Be impressed further by the club’s recreation of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and also enjoy the sound and light show of an actual thunderstorm. Donation, for Long Island Cares: non-perishable food. Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Model Train Show, Hicksville Community Center, 28 W. Carl St., Hicksville. Nov. 17-18.
Trainville Hobby Depot is to set up operating model layouts in HO, N, On30, Z and O scale for this show, which is held in partnership with the Town of Oyster Bay to benefit The Safe Center LI. Hours, both days: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.