- Thanks for the well wishes, Jeffery. It is set for Feb 17th.
I understand about not wanting to part with your suitcases. They would
never survive such a flight!
I should be able to make the Springfeild show providing we don't get a
major snowstorm! I will give a report here after. I hope there is some Z
there this year!
At 09:45 PM 11/30/99 PST, you wrote:
>From: "Jeffrey MacHan" <jmac_han@...>
>On behalf of everyone on the list, let me wish you a successful operation
>whenever it takes place.
>Taking part in train shows with Z is a most rewarding experience. In most
>places that I have taken the VEC, I have been the only Z in town. After 3
>years in Vancouver area shows, we now see other Z layouts on display.
>People are fascinated with the scale and comments range from "it's
>fanastic!" to "it's soooo cute!" to "it's too small!". My responses to
>these very spontaneous exclamations are, in order, "I'm glad that you think
>so...", "isn't it though!" and "too small for whom?".
>When confronted with the last reply, most people realize that they are
>testing the layout in their mind as a modeling scale. When they percieve
>the layout from a less personal angle, they are more likely to ask what size
>the layout would translate to in N or HO scale. Some even come back later
>to take pictures for use as reminders for the track plans.
>For those of you who are interested, each section of the Val Ease Central
>measures 24" x 30" which comes out to 33" x 41.25" in N scale, and 60" x 76"
>in HO scale. The 2 section VEC measures 24" x 63" and the 3 section VEC
>(coming soon) measures 24" x 97".
>In order to set up the complete layout, I bought two 4' folding tables which
>means that there is a 1/2" overhang on both ends. I'm hoping to unveil the
>third suitcase, Centre Val Ease, next February at the Great American Train
>Show in Portland, Oregon.
>Which brings me to your question about the Springfield, MA show. I have
>heard many great things about this show, mainly from N scalers. When I
>lived in Qu�bec City, I was tempted to go but bad weather on both occasions
>forced me to cancel. Unfortunately, I am unable to take the layout onto
>airlines as checked baggage. The customer service people of the major
>carriers have told me that the chances of the layout arriving intact are 0
>or worse! I would have to get special permission to take them into the
>cabin which I haven't tried yet or pay a supplement (the price of a second
>seat I have been informed)! I may try to convince AA to sponsor the layout
>so that I can get to the Z meet in Dallas next April, who knows?
>So I participate in train shows that are within a day's driving distance (8
>hours max). From Vancouver, that means that I can get as far North as
>Prince George, BC...as far West as Victoria or Nanaimo, BC...as far East as
>Revelstoke, BC...as far South as Eugene, OR and as far South East as
>Spokane, WA and points in between.
>Sorry that we won't see each other in Springfield, although I sure hope that
>you get to go.
>Take care, Pete,
>>Subject: Re: [z_scale] www.Val-Ease-Central.Com
>>Date: Tue, 30 Nov 1999 21:34:22 -0500
>>I know what you mean, I have been hemming and hawing about putting up a
>>site for some time now. I just don't have the time!
>>Another question, I know you travel to a lot of shows, any chance you might
>>attend the big annual train show on Feb 5&6th in Springfield, MA? I try not
>>to miss it each year(though I wan't sure about this year due to an
>>upcomming kidney transplant on the 17th) It is usually a great shoe and
>>they expanded it to three building this year. Here is the URL:
>>They claim every scale will be represented, though last year there wasn't
>>any Z. There were some great N scale layouts though.
>>CraZy 'bout Zee!