Re: Big E Train Show-Amherst,MA
- Thanks for the review Cliff & Vicki, any chance of some pictures?
- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Cliff Travis" <cliff@...> wrote:
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> The Amherst show was a success once again this year. We had a great
> time but were the only Z-scale layout on display. Vicki and I
> on Thursday to get a jumpstart on setup and were glad we did. Wewere
> in a new location this year and there was a lot of confusion overthe
> dimensions of the space. After getting everything worked out we setearly
> up and leveled the layouts, finishing up around 9pm. We arrived
> on Friday only to find that we'd setup the modules 21 inches in thepassenger
> wrong direction... which didn't leave enough room for the layouts
> that hadn't arrived yet. Thank you Quaboag Valley HO group for
> bringing 10 members of your club over to help move our layout. We
> then spent another hour or so re-leveling the layout, once again, to
> compensate for the unusual uneveness of the floor.
> On Saturday, we arrived early and started the show with a GP35
> pulling a relatively long freight, which ran for the whole morning
> without any trouble. We also setup one of the Japanese ProZ
> trains running on the outside line. The ProZ train, which was newfor
> us this year, seems to be one of the best running trains I've seenCentral
> and ran perfectly throughout the show on our standard DC line.
> On the end table we had a small Japanese ProZ layout which was new
> last year from Japan. People seemed pretty impressed with it and if
> we'd had four or five could probably have sold them on the spot.
> The module's looked good this year. John brought his new end unit
> which he redid to include an interesting separate line so that he
> would be able to run his trains independently. Pierre's module,
> modeling midtown NY, was impressive as always. People seemed to love
> the buildings and inquired frequently as to where they could buy
> some. Elliott also spruced up his module after suffering a blight
> which killed all his trees.... now replaced with a quite excellent
> lawn. Thank you Elliott.
> The trains ran quite well this year. Elliott's new AZL E8s ran very
> smootly over the whole layout. His Alco did not fair as well over
> some of the switches and expansion tracks joining the modules, but
> both of his freights ran steadily. Vicki's GP9 pulled her freight
> cars very slowly and steadily for eight hours during the day on the
> interior track of her Amish layout. Pierre had several new Marklin
> trains running, and Micheal ran his one of a kind, scratch built New
> York Central Hudson locomotive and his one of a kind New York
> GP35. John ran his large collection of Marklin equipment on anytrack
> My modules were not much changed from last year, except for some new
> Micro Train switches and scenery additions. I was finally able to
> my Digitrax DCC working correctly and ran two separate trains on myFour
> inside layout. The DCC equipped GP9s ran perfectly in consist, with
> only a few uncoupling incidents during their ascent of the helix.
> At one point the club had six separate trains running which looked
> pretty impressive as everywhere you looked something was moving.
> trains were powered by Microtrains GP35/GP9s, one train by Marklin,scenery
> and one powered by an AZL engine. We also had the Japanese ProZ on
> the end layout running. We had a good crowd at this time and were at
> our best showing of the day.
> Not too many vendors with Z this year, which was disappointing. We
> found only three selling trains, mostly Marklin, and no bargains. As
> for scenery, our friend Russ Kaufman, from Nansen Street Models was
> there along with a few others selling some Z houses and other
> stuff. Russ showed us some new trees which were pretty nice andVicki
> and Michael will have them on their layouts at the NMRA show inJuly.
> Micro Trains also had a small booth and Eric Smith stopped over to
> see our setup and say hello.
> All and all things went well and we're looking forward to the next
> setup at the NMRA show in July. Hope to see you all there.
> Cliff & Vicki