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Cruise through any bookstore, physical or virtual, and you'll notice a lot of books on how to get rich quickly, or otherwise. Typing the word into Amazon brings back over 33,000 results with some of the top being I Will Teach You to be Rich, Think and Grow Rich, How to Get Rich, Start Late Finish Rich and How to Meet the Rich: For Business, Friendship, or Romance. While the titles certainly lack subtlety, obviously there is a demand for knowledge on how to become wealthy, and therefore, it's fair to say it's a value our culture aspires to.

But do those books work? Rich Dad Poor Dad, which claims to offer the "secrets" that rich parents teach their children and poor parents do not, has sold over 26 million copies, yet clearly there are not 26 million new rich people boating around. Perhaps the book's advice should be to write a self-help book on how to become wealthy. That seems to work like gangbusters.

But perhaps its because such books focus on "money-management" and "business strategies." Any diligent sitcom viewer knows that the thing the wealthy do that sets them apart is play with model trains.

Why? Who knows. Perhaps it's a way of practicing for real estate developments. Maybe it just makes them feel as enormous as they picture themselves. Perhaps it's indicative of a childish mentality that money and the lives it effects are just playthings for the investor. Regardless, if you want to be rich, you're going to have to get down with model trains.

Luckily, today you can do exactly that at the Treasure Valley Train Expo, where local enthusiasts will be putting their best engine forward for your viewing pleasure. You can see how others do it to get ideas for your own model trains or you can show up in a Godzilla suit and go to town. (You probably shouldn't go with the second option.)

The expo runs noon-8 p.m., today; 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday; and 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday and costs $5.