Re: The power of suggestion
- --- In VECRR@y..., "simialek" <simialek@y...> wrote:
> Think California. Think San Francisco. Think California...Ah yes, the power of suggestion. Speaking of sunny California
and foggy San Francisco, you'll notice from the VECRR event
that the crew spent some time on the West Coast, even made it
to San Jose, a "stone's throw" from SF, for the 2000 NMRA
National Train Show. Although I didn't mention Redding, CA on
the map, I did show the VECRR to a curious group of customers
at the Mailboxes outlet while we were packing the layout for the
trip to Toronto at the time. Since it was not a train show and the
layout was not operating, it would not be appropriate to list
Redding, nor Winnipeg, Manitoba where I also popped open the
suitcases to show family members on the way to St. Paul, MN for
the 1999 National Train Show.
As you can see from the map, the VECRR has added Florida
and Alabama to the growing list of new places where the trains
of the VECRR have entertained crowds. The white area shows
Vermont where Marthe and I will take the VEC for a spin next
September 28 for the Saturday only. I approached Nillo Korpi
who is organizing the 18th annual Train Fair in Rutland, Vermont
and he accepted to allow me to participate in the show.
The number of train shows in Vermont is rather small and I was
eager to go to VT now rather than risk being refused by the
organizers of the Burlington train show.
I have been looking into shows in Maine for next year and I have
found two that are interesting. I'm setting my sights on the 3rd
annual Train, Toy and Dollhouse Show in Portland, ME to be
held next September at the Army Armory in Portland. I am not
planning to participate in any GATS events next year. What a
surprise! Somewhere along the line I'd like to add a dash of
green on the map for a show in New Brunswick, and maybe
even Nova Scotia.
2003 shows on the schedule:
Amherst Model Railroad Society "BIG" Train Show in West
Springfield, MA on the first weekend of February. Confirmed.
Comexpo "Modelexpo mondial" in Paris, France in April (if I can
get things arranged for 2003, if not 2004). Negociations
NMRA National Train Show 2003 in Toronto, Ontario from July
17-19, 2003 at the International Centre. Confirmed.
Canadian Train Museum model train show in Delson, QC in the
2nd weekend in August. It's only 20 miles from my home and it's
for a good cause.
Portland Train, Toy and Dollhouse Show at the Portland Armory
in late September (before the snow flies). Subject to acceptance
by the show management.
Montreal Train Show in support of Sun Youth Charities at the
Montreal Hippodrome in late November or early December.
That's it, 6 shows, including Paris if I'm lucky.
As for returning to the West Coast, plans are still afoot to attend
the 2004 National Train Show in Seattle, WA in July 2004. I will
have to ship the VECRR via ground but the shipping case should
protect the layout adequately from rough handling by Fedex or
whomever will be handling the show.
So, if you really want to see the VECRR why not join us in
Toronto next year or fly up to Seattle in 2004?
BTW, see the updated articles in the 'Files - articles - Ztrack'
>I am notJeffrey - Is this based on your and Marthes bad experience last month - or
>planning to participate in any GATS events next year. What a
are you just sticking with "bigger" shows???
- Hi Ted,
The answer is a combination of five factors:
1. our bad experience at the last GATS. The show
management showed complete ineptitude concerning the
quality of the venue and their neglect in sending
email notices to exhibitors warning of the lack of AC
contributed to our loss of confidence in the
2. the general quality of exhibits and the attendance
numbers at GATS has steadily declined IMHO over the
past year. The GATS is not far from being a secondary
show to better run local events such as the Amherst
BIG train show,
3. I want to take the VEC to places (states and
provinces) that are new for me. Silly as it may seem,
I really enjoy adding a new colour to my VEC travels
map. It is for that reason that I'm not interested in
going to the GATS in Buffalo or Syracuse, NY. There
are no relatively close shows taking place in NEW
territory for us in the 2003 GATS schedule. I did
look at the Providence, RI show but then I finally
woke up and realized that it takes place in March
2003. This is a high risk period for winter storms so
I scratched it off the "possible" list.
My show plans are to add Maine to the map in 2003. At
the moment GATS has only listed shows until the end of
June 2003 and they don't have anything of interest so
far. I'll wait and see what the second half of the
calendar has to offer but I have pretty much decided
that GATS is out of the running for 2003.
I may return to a Greenberg Show in NJ or attend a
Great Scale Train Show in Timonium, MD in the next
couple of years. I'd also like to do the Hobby Model
Expo in Chicago, IL but only with the help (financial)
of the show management or a major sponsor or two.
4. Larger shows are definitely attractive especially
high profile events like the National Train Show and
West Springfield, MA. The NMRA is playing with the
idea of holding 2 NTS's a year. This is a money-grab
and not likely to get me to attend the second show. I
have plans to attend the next 3 NMRA National Train
Shows (Toronto - 2003, Seattle - 2004, Cincinnati -
2005 which should take total ridership over 1,000,000
and signal the retirement of the VECRR).
Strange, I vaguely remember promising myself to reduce
the number of shows to 5 a year. Just the opposite
has taken place...I have 8 shows this year, up from 6
last year and would have been 9 had I not cancelled
Ottawa in October! This is supposed to be a hobby not
a part-time travelling circus! I think I've said it
before...I LOVE going to train shows and meeting the
people who LOVE "Z".
5. The trip to Germany was sooooo much fun that I am
working seriously to return to Europe in the next 24
months. It will take me that long to gather the funds
to make it feasible and probably to convince another
major show group that I'm, sorry, the VECRR is worth
the investment. ;-)
Paris, France is at the top of the list followed by
London, UK. As you can imagine, these events require
a large committment in time and money. Micro-Trains
Line has already promised their support for a future
European adventure. To make such a trip viable
however, I really need the show organization to
participate financially. I consider that the chances
of a second trip happening are about 50-50.
Summing up, here is the priority scale:
1. 1 major international event (funds permitting)
2. 2 major NA shows (NMRA NTS and West Springfield)
3. 2 local events (Montreal "Sun Youth" charity show
and Canadian Train Museum in Delson, QC)
That makes 5 although if #1 doesn't happen I can
substitute a regional event. There are at least a
dozen train shows in Quebec now so there is no lack of
Thanks for asking!
Logistics coordinator - VECRR
--- ted_lamar@... wrote:
> >I am not
> >planning to participate in any GATS events next
> year. What a
> Jeffrey - Is this based on your and Marthes bad
> experience last month - or
> are you just sticking with "bigger" shows???
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