Eastern States Expo. Train Show report!!!
- Hi All,
Live from Public Housing in Wilton, CT USA (yes I read tonights
posts when I first got home, before this post<smile>), I came home
about 2 hrs. ago from the Big E. Train Show in W. Springfield, MA.
At close at 5pm they announced over 10,000 in attendance just for
today (saturday), no wonder I didn't get to see everything.
Not to mention finally meeting our founder, Jefferrrierie (I know
you'll correct my spelling <smile>) MacHan. We must have spoke for
about a hour and Conrail Ray, from Jersey, showed up and stopped
busting my A-- about how could my crossing gates be so small and
work til he saw with his own eyes <smile>. Martha was there also
with a HOn3 layout, incredibaly detailed. Jim Manley was supost to
be there, but no where to be found and reportedly never checked in.
I had a FRED instruction sheet for you since I never sent you one
because your's was the first and installed for you for a gunderson.
I wanted to bust on you by pointing out that I wired your on off
switch reverse of the instructions, everyone elses turns on turning
clockwise <zmile>. Elliot from L.I. was reportedly there also today,
but I missed meetting him.
There was very little Z at the show from what I saw and heard,
besides Jeff, only 3 vendors with anything Z, 2 with Prieser figures
which I bought, and the Nansen Street Models, N Scale Arcitect, and
he was out of the 2 Items I wanted, waaa. I'll order them on-line. I
was disappointed not to find anything on my Z shopping list.
On a brighter note, I couldn't find the MTL booth and it wasn't
listed on the map, but Ray reported seeing the MTL track samples
with molded plastic roadbed including switches and that they were
running the chassie only (no shell) of the new GP35, and he was
quite impressed with it's running. The track was described as being
similar to Kato's N track system with roadbed. Wish I could have
I almost forgot about one other Z vendor, Berkshire Junction that
makes Z flashing crossing signals, no gates, and uses bulbs for
thoughs interested, but I looked at mine and just had to say, buy em
if you like, but they are not as to scale as my crossing gates with
flashers, I expected to see better than my complicated ones with
gates. I do not recomend either of thier over priced control
circuits either, go to paisley.com, I really need to look up the ULR
to post, cheap and effective and based on what I'll make, mine will
just be a shrunk down integrated version and smaller detectors, and
a little more expensive, but those on a buget can get control
circuits for under $50, much less if you build it yourself, as
little as $20 or less.
Enough self promoting, It was great to meet 2 more people from this
list today, 3 now total. and I left feeling good, hey jim, that's a
first without drugz <smile>, thats why I'm still smiling because I
found new friends, walked away with inspiration from all scales, and
had a great day even though I didn't find anything much to Zpend
Zome Money on, and didn't have a reaZon to tezt my tazzer gun, we're
humane here in the Wilton projectz <zmile> jim.
From a tyred Public Housing resident in Wilton, CT (2 hr's from W.
Springfild Train Show),
P.O. Box 273
Wilton, CT 06897