NTS Detroit is less than a month away!
- Dear fellow Valeasians,
Welcome to July and happy 4th of July to my friends in the USA.
As a first message of the month, I would like to point out that there
are only 23 days to go before the NMRA National Train Show in
Detroit, MI. NTS2007 opens on July 27 and runs for 3 days. I plan
on attending, although I will only be able to join the fun on Friday,
I'm looking forward to reconnecting with the Z crowd, especially Rob
Kluz and David George. I plan on doing an interview with both of
them for a future "State of Z" article. Should be interesting to see
how they view the evolving world of Z, both in North America and
overseas. Of course, I will try to get comments from other notables
at NTS. I just don't know who plans on being there.
While at NTS, I would also like to jumpstart our lapsed relationship
with the MNRA Scale Rails Magazine. A couple of years back, I
attempted to pass my Z-Scale Rails column to another Z scaler.
Nothing ever came of that misguided attempt...no articles...no newZ
in Scale Rails. You just can't count on anyone, or almost, these
days. What bugs me the most is the guy volunteered for the role and
bragged about his numerous publications, etc. This same guy talks on
various forums about how important it is to promote Z. HELLO!
What's wrong with this picture?
Enough bellyaching! The weather is too good to go off on a tangent.
Time to feel the sun on my skin and enjoy the blessings of life.
Hope you are all having a great summer and that you are sharing the
passion for model trainZ.
- Hello fellow Valeasians,
A few moments ago, I waved goodbye to Helen and Terry Sutfin, my great
friends from Vancouver, Washington, and VECRR Life Members. They had
driven up from Dansville, NY to visit with Marthe and me for a few
days before they have to drive back home to the Best Coast. Their
drive across the continent is about six days, something that Marthe
and I have done at least 4 times over the years.
Terry will not be joining us at the NMRA National Train Show this
year. We had the chance to talk about the state of Z in 2007 and how
far it has come since the days when we were about the only Z-scalers
taking layouts to train shows. Terry is very pleased to see a new
generation of Z-scalers moving the hobby forward. The rest of his
comments and observations will be included in an upcoming "State of Z"
column in Ztrack Magazine.
Anyway, Terry and Helen send their best regards to everyone who will
be at NTS Detroit. They also invite averyone to join them in Anaheim,
California next year at NTS2008. Marthe and I were the first to
respond to their invitation. We are already excited about a trip to
the West coast and we are looking forward to seeing (and
photographing) the fantastic modeling work of our Z colleagues from
Seattle to San Francisco. No doubt, NTS2008 will be an extraordinary
event from a modeling perspective and a great gathering of West Coast
Until then, Marthe and I will be at the Ztrack booth at NTS Detroit on
Friday, July 27th. I will be doing a little survey of exhibitors and
visitors to the show about their impressions of Z and where it is
going in the next couple of years. If you would care to share your
thoughts on this topic, drop a line to this forum and I'll try to work
your comments into the article.
See you in Detroit in a few days,