Re: [OSCALEMODELERS] Re: Your observations of O scale national 2013
- I appreciate the show managers heads up for any O scale show with contact info. This sometimes is only available it seems when it is too close to show time. Being that trips are complex to arrange at the last minute I think it would serve all O scalers if we had an area of O scale modelers forum that just had a show schedules, like a monthly bulletin. I know that O Scale Trains Magazine has a schedules area namely Events, this is helpful to those who subscribe. I am hopeful that there will be new venues to be seen on this forum. Planning early for more regional shows will help.
From: Jay Beckham <jay@...>;
Subject: RE: [OSCALEMODELERS] Re: Your observations of O scale national 2013
Sent: Mon, Jul 1, 2013 5:11:36 PM
Roland and others.
I agree with your recommendations. For an example I would support a Philly area show of the NY or NJ because it is closer for the southern folks. Also East Penn does a bi-annual show in Philly. Not always the same venue. Some have be good and some bad (last one was a bad location). I would go another mile and even assist with such a show. I am in WV about 100 miles West of DC/Baltimore (those areas are great also) and about 150 miles from Philly. Also I would suggest a venue accessible by train and a railroad related local transport. For example on the Baltimore Light Rail, Philly High Speed Rail, Washington Metro.
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Driving home from this year’s national, I spent some time thinking about what motivates me to visit such an event:
1) the ability to see new product, new manufacturers,
2) the ability to find and buy out of production product being sold by individual modelers
3) the ability to see many of the prominent vendors
5) layout tours
What is not important to me is:
1) the banquet
2) planned group excursions unless
I have been to the Chicago meet twice over the years and I think it is the best example of a successful show that meets most of my expectations. I would drive up to five hours from my home and would be willing to spend one or two overnights in a hotel for a show of such quality somewhere in the northeast; and I would try to make it to every year. Personally I think rotating an annual eastern show between the Philly area, the NY/NJ area, and the New England area would be a mistake. I believe a major reason of Chicago’s success is its consistency
over the years. People know exactly what to expect: the reassurance that a great number of the venders will be there, the location will be the same and the time would be the same.
My recommendation is:
1) one annual show located in the center of the Northeast- eastern PA, NJ or NY.
2) The show will be held in the same location every year.
3) Two full day trading show – Friday and Saturday
4) Layout tours – Thursday night, Friday night and Sunday – it is important that people know well before the meet what layout will be open and when they will be open so that the visitor can plan his weekend.
5) Quality presentations/seminars – not necessary every hour – the quality is more important than filling every time slot. What presentations will be offered should also be know well before the date of the meet.
A final thought – just as important as a quality show is the continued existence of a quality O scale magazine – hopefully O Scale Trains will continue or a similar magazine will replace it.
- So, now it has been a week since the first day of the convention.
It is a funny thing that I retrospectively find that there were so many things that I did not see being distracted with table duty and such. There is something to be said for pre show organization of needs. I generally do not impulse buy. I do in fact find that without a shopping list I forget that I really needed a few things that were missing such as parts to embellish models and odds and ends realized on the way home! What I did remember to take home was the experience of happy attendees, old friend's stories and smiles, the happiness of a buyer at the table carrying off some treasure, new friends addresses, ideas for my future layout, and above all the appreciation of all those that cared enough to be a part of a cool gathering.so, I guess it really was a success.
Mail order is a cold experience, but now I must do some shopping, and pay for shipping! Go figure!