I'm back from the big Springfield show, and as usual, it was a great time. I did not hear anything about attendance, but it seemed very crowded both days. It was great to see so many familiar faces and talk to those I see maybe once a year. It was also great to meet and talk to those of you who read the blog and enjoy it. I'm glad you are out there following along!
Here are some assorted pictures and commentary from the weekend.
|In addition to manning the Free-mo layout and doing operations (more on that below), I did venture out to the show floors across 4 buildings. I did not take too many pictures from the manufacturer booths, but here is one form Rapido showing some of their cool upcoming offerings. |
|Got information I needed about LokSound decoders at the ESU booth.|
|Model Railroad Hobbyist magazine brought along their TOMA project layout (The One Module Approach to building a layout). I also talked a bit with Joe Fugate about his current and future layout.|
|It will be nice to follow along as MRH shares details on building this layout in their on-line FREE magazine.|
|Great scenery on the TOMA layout, which is based on the Vermont Railway.|
|Outside, a live, operating steam locomotive was on hand. It was nice to smell and hear this running during the weekend.|
|As figure 8 layouts go, and especially those using 3 rail O scale, this one is admittedly pretty nice!|
|The Free-mo layout was very linear this year, extending 200 feet, and included over 2 scale miles of mainline, with additional trackage on 3 branches. This view is from my module area, near, but not at one of the ends. It goes all the way down to the just visible banner.|
|This is the track plan of the layout. The photo above looks to the left, with my module on the branch at the bottom right.|
|The recently completed FOS Scale Liquor Depot kit installed on the module. Looks like the local PD is checking things out, talking to one of the road crew.|
|A new module at its first show demonstrated a clearance issue with a double stack train. Actually somewhat prototypical for a late 80s/early 90s mainline before clearance improvements would require "filleting" the stacks onto separate cars. No problem, as the owner quickly added additional base material to the bridge and the train proceeded without incident!|
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