Tagged With "Train Show"

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n scale trains

bkm ·
down sizing all me personal train have to go. kato train station 50.00 kato two of theses sd70ace engine union pacific with custom built sound by tophobbytrains 200.00 ea. broadway limited two of theses ac6000 paragon 2 150.00 ea kato,atlas and others cars all with knuckle couplers box,tank,centerbeam,cover hopper cars and others 10.00 ea red caboose tropicana mech, refrigerator cars have many. 12.00 ea athearn reefer sound car. 45.00 tomix track cleaning car with dcc installed. 75.00 most...
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KOOLjock1 ·
Ooofa! That was rough! As an aside, I always stop at the Cracker Barrel on the way back from the Big E show! Jon
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Boilermaker1 ·
Originally Posted by KOOLjock1: I'm sure it never occurred to him that it is an expensive hobby that rules out 20-somethings and guys with babies at home... I dont think its any more expensive than other hobbies that 20-something year old guys can be into... gone shopping for car upgrades recently? I guess I fit into the oddball group here. I'm 29, dont have a kid yet (but its on the near-term horizon), I've been out of trains for about 10 years and just got started again. I have way too...
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H. Michael Spanier ·
When I was in that small child mode my biggest problem was looking my wife in the eye (with 2 children, 18 months appart) and telling her I was going to a train show. That was just not a smart move. If the need to depart was due to business, ok, but toy trains? I don't think so. Until my kids were much more independent I just could not justify time away. I can't be alone with this situation. Mike Spanier Always Buying & Selling Lionel Super O trackage
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C W Burfle ·
My kids went with me, riding in a backpack baby carrier when little (the carriers were quite popular at the time). We also went to flea market / antique shows, and camera shows. The backpack had a metal frame. Once each kid was big enough, they used to push up on the frame to rasie themselves up hgher when they wanted a better look around
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C W Burfle ·
My wife, a health care professional who has been to all types of train shows and other train related events, long ago observed that a large percentage of the population of folks attending train shows are not in the best physical shape (and sometimes are not in the best of mental health either). For some of these folks, walking around a train show might be the most physical exertion in their lives. Then add in the temperature of a well attended train show, and the lack of facilities to hang...
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AGHRMatt ·
Train shows out here that get decent traffic are usually filled with "insiders" -- those already in the hobby. However, what gives me hope is the WGH show as it brings in families -- new blood for the hobby. Our chosen scale gets expensive and consumes a lot of space, so it's usually out of reach for the child-rearing age group until the kids are out of the house unless there's a local club within a reasonable (or sometimes unreasonable) driving distance. As more viable outdoor operating...
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Re: Abandoned Trains

John J. Giuliano ·
Hi Dan, I've been to this site, Southern R.R. of New Jersey, a few years ago. At the time the Revel Casino in Atlantic City was being built and I was one of 400 electricians on the site. Anyway, this was actually my second visit to that R.R. I think that the pics that you see of the rolling stock & motive power are there for parts use. I know that when I was a fireman for the New Hope & Ivyland R.R. (#40) we used to keep similar "stuff", south of New Hope, on sidings for parts...
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SHORELINE MODEL RAILROAD CLUB - TRAIN SHOW

TrainDean ·
Shoreline Model Railroad Club 391 Zion Road Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234 TRAIN SHOW Shoreline Model Railroad Club is hosting a Train Show on Saturday and Sunday, December 9 and 10, 2017. The event will be held in the cafeteria of the Atlantic Christian School at 391 Zion Road in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey as follows: Friday December 8 - Set-up: 5:30 - 9:00 PM Saturday December 9 - Set-up: begins at 7:00 AM - Show: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Sunday December 10 - Show 10 AM to 2:00 PM We will...
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Casey Jones TCA Train Show

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Great Blog Post About Our Train Hobby

MrBlack ·
http://www.hannibal.net/opinio...-a-train-nerd?zc_p=0 SOUTH NERDLINGTON, U.S.A. — Having just returned from a Train Show — here, I can prove it, my shirt still smells like your grandfather's spare room, particularly if you ever lived in upstate New York — I can report that Train Shows are basically the GREATEST PLACES EVER, as long as you fall within a very specific age demographic, which is younger than 10 and/or older than 92... Read the article for more. As a closet and seasonal hobbyist...
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Re: Who Does NOT Still Have Their Childhood Trains?

Big_Boy_4005 ·
It took me half a day to remember that I technically qualify to reply to the question posed by this topic. I still have all the Lionel trains from my childhood, even though I don't use them anymore. However, they weren't my first electric trains. That distinction falls to a Marx set with fixed plastic knuckle couplers from the mid 60's. I want to say I got it for my fourth birthday. I loved that set to death for a year and a half, until Santa brought me a marine corps helicopter car, and it...
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Re: Am I the only one bothered by this ?

Dave45681 ·
No, you are not the only one. I'd avoid these. (but I'm also an admitted condition nut) Probably trying to show wheel/roller wear for 2 of the pics, but to me the risk of additional scratches on the sides from the track (or other engine) it's set on would negate any positive from the rollers/wheels. That last one is just..... WHY????!!!! Take 2 separate pics and learn to merge them together on the computer if you are trying to fit that size image for some reason. It's sort of funny that the...
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JohnActon ·
Dave, hard to believe but I know people who have owned a computer over twenty years that cannot post a photo not even with a smart phone. I show someone how at least once a year. j
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D500 ·
I do not have a smart phone, but I do post photos on the Forum, of course. Too easy not to. May I add my complaint? To this day, I have to try to explain TMCC to someone, regularly. Just the idea of how it works. Good ol' last-quarter-century TMCC - the friendliest system ever. They get sweaty. They say "I can't understand that kind of stuff", then turn to their "smart" phone and do things that I cannot fathom doing - or wanting to. But them use a CAB-1? Oh, the horror, the horror. For some...
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JohnActon ·
That's the way I explain all the new control systems. I tell them the new trains are radio control with cruise and digital recordings for sounds. And you can even control them with your smart phone. That gets them. Their eyes widen and they look at you and say with a questioning tone to their voice "REALLY ?" j
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colorado hirailer ·
Being stacked like cordwood, means being treated like a commodity. The words l most remember in a show are a dealer saying, "There is too much product out there." Made me think of cases of catsup in a big box stores. Apparent no interest in trains equals no knowledge about what is for sale....walk on.
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mjrodg3n88 ·
1000000% agreed. 99% of the time, I close the window when I do not see pictures (excluding track). Even if it is the stock photo, post something to show what you are selling.
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ajzend ·
If I'm selling a lot of inexpensive cars I might carefully stack them to collectively show the underside. Only if they're all in the same condition. It's more efficient picture taking. Mind you, this is done so as not to abrase them and on a soft surface. I don't think this constitutes a biblical sin. What perturbs me more are out of focus pictures, especially if I'm really interested in the piece. Just as bad are pictures that were not properly rotated so as to be upright. If there's an out...
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redjimmy1955 ·
Did y'all ever consider the thought of the seller is trying to SHOW the underside for reasons of perhaps minimal pickup roller wear, or at least to show the good/fair/crappy (take your pick) condition of the frame, or such? As for the train abuse stories....I couldn't disagree! The hard earned money spent, and then they are "tossed around". Boxes? Well.........some folks just don't know..........
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JohnActon ·
Jimmy, I and most other sellers I have seen manage to show the bottom side of locos cars etc without stacking them or laying on track. You end up with very small contact patches of metal on metal or metal on plastic where the weight of the item is concentrated and more likely to damage the item. Even a sheet of cardboard between the pieces can go a long way towards preventing damage. j
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Re: My Very First Train Set-1950

texastrain ·
John, Having your first Lionel set, still, is a great feeling. I still have my first, 7th birthday gift, from 1959. At a local train show this weekend, I purchased another "same" engine as my first. I already have all the cars as my first set. I replicated my "first" set to run and keep the original set in as best condition as possible, after all it went through over the years of running and played with. The original set does run, but I feel it deserves being set "out to pasture" and finish...
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Rest in Peace, Avondale Train Show

Andrew Steiner ·
Today, we celebrate the life of the Avondale Train Show that used to be held at Avondale High School in Auburn Hills, Michigan. I first heard the news that this past Sunday the 19th was the last time the show was going to be held there, since one of the members running it would be retiring that day. My family and I had been loyal customers going there and back for 8 years, and that Sunday was a day I will never forget.
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Mixed Freight ·
Looks like a pretty nice little show. Hopefully, somebody can take it over and either keep it there, or move to a new location if need be. And if a new location, choose wisely to keep the show valid. An unwise location will kill it off in short order.
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SPIKE ·
The Avondale, aka Troy/Athens, before moving out to Avondale,train show along with the Gratiot Valley train shows were always the shows for me. When I moved to the Detroit area in 1997 and discovered the Gratiot Valley train show Macomb Community College, I was very impressed. Roll through the Holidays and into the Troy/Athens train show. At this point the wallet was hurting so much it could hardly handle the next Gratiot Valley show. Oh those were the days.
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Andrew Steiner ·
Thanks, Mixed Freight. Who knows what will replace the Avondale Train Show in that location? At least, we've got the Novi Train Show next month and a few others left.
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Re: Pat's Trains NYC J3a Hudson: Where's the second boiler front?

superwarp1 ·
I would bet the boiler fronts don't show up until all the other spare parts show and get listed on Lionels parts website. From which I've been told takes months after delivery of said engine.
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Patriotic All American Trains

Arnold D. Cribari ·
Since I joined this Forum this past November, powerful patriotic feelings have been aroused in me. For instance, I recall a post shortly before Christmas of a beautiful picture of a soldier on leave at home for the holidays sitting on the floor with his young child playing together with their trains. We all replied wishing him a wonderful holiday and thanking him for his invaluable service to our country. I don't fully understand it, but I believe there is something about our trains that...
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Harry Doyle ·
Reminds me of Jim Rome. Those who can't criticize those who can. Where our society is headed unfortunately.
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KOOLjock1 ·
I'm sure it never occurred to him that it is an expensive hobby that rules out 20-somethings and guys with babies at home... Other shows that attract older crowds: Boat Shows, R-V Shows, Gun Shows, Coin and Jewelry Shows... need I go on? And I'm still in my 40's thank you! Jon
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TMack ·
I thought it was funny for a guy just shy of 50 ... We don't have basements around here thus model rail roading is not as visible as the right side of the country. Shows here are few and far between. I guess what is cool here, cause it is more rare to run into those in the hobby. When we have our train party people enjoy themselvesamend some of the group has not seen a model train layout ever.
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Texas Pete ·
Before computers that kid is lucky to be a stable boy. Hackneyed ideas and he don't write good either! Pete
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Harry Doyle ·
He likes going to train shows because being among "train nerds" makes him feel like the George Clooney in the room. I know my Dad said this, and his Dad probably said it as well. I fear for the future of this country. I watch 14 year old kids playing video games over the internet screaming profanities at people half way around the world they will never meet. It ingrains a certain method of dealing with adversity. When they get in the real world, after years of internet communication, all...
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Dennis LaGrua ·
I cannot say its a trend but I am seeing more and more younger people taking an interest in model railroading. My son and a few of his friends are even talking about building a new layout and they are in their late 20's. I predict that by their late 30's some will join the hobby big time. There is no reason why this hobby should appeal only to tots and old farts. I predict that there will be a new generation coming into this hobby. Perhaps the number of hobbiests will shrink a bit but I am...
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wb47 ·
I guess I took the whole piece as an attempt at humor which I thought was cleverly done. I enjoyed it for what it was.
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Tim Botti ·
Call me crazy, but I found a lot of his observations about train shows spot on. Perhaps it'd be beneficial to our hobby if we payed a little more attention to our outward appearance? How many people get chased off by crotchety old men, or worse yet, those who don't deem bathing to be necessary?
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NYCGreg68 ·
I have been to a few train shows since getting into the hobby back in 07 and frankly I don’t like them, for many reasons. I would rather go to my local hobby shop and hang out there for a few hours on a Saturday afternoon during the long NY winters and talk trains with the customers going in and out. And by the way there are more dads with younger kids patronizing this shop than the demographic described in the blog article.
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Former Member ·
Although I agreed with some of the observations made by other posters about the parlous state of affairs of which this writers tone may be thought indicative, nevertheless I also thought it was extremely funny. Some of his remarks were spot on but it was a humor piece that treated the hobby kindly overall. Those of us and I'm sure it's a majority, who like young children and encourage them to play with our trains, are passing on a very important torch which hasn't got so much to do with...
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juniata guy ·
To tag onto Boillermakers comments, I don't think most people can understand a hobby unless they are in it or at least have a passing interest in the overall theme. Heck, I don't understand quilting, scrapbooking or collecting NASCAR models, but each of them is presumably a great hobby with plenty of participants. Along that same line, if you aren't into hunting or fishing it's hard to understand why someone would want to sit in a cold duck blind at dawn and try to call down birds or wade...
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Dave Allen ·
In short, I don't really care if people can't understand our train hobby, because in most cases, I probably can't understand theirs either. Curt I agree Curt, and I'm constantly amazed by how much navel gazing we do. I don't think many other hobby participants are so self obsessed with what other people think.
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Allan Miller ·
I too, couldn't care less what others--particularly those who are not involved--think about this hobby. Doesn't really bother me in the least because thing have always been that way and we'll never be able to change it. It's that old "different strokes for different folks" thing. I don't even care about what those in the hobby have to say when they come up with "my way is best" or "my way or the highway" lines of thinking. It's MY hobby and it has brought me many years of enjoyment,...
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Re: You need to check out Marios Trains

Doug-Sr ·
marios is first class dealer best of the best
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harmonyards ·
I bought one of my Z4000's from Joe.....awesome service....fast ship....great deal!....I second what Doug said!
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AMCDave ·
Had good results with them......bought my most expensive, and last new loco, from them.....MTH PRR 2-10-4 with hoppers and caboose set. Love it!
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Tuscan Jim ·
Another vote of confidence. Whenever my LHS doesn't have something I want Mario's is one of my preferred dealers. Very fast shipping!
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PRR1950 ·
I'm glad, of course, that all replies above indicate a good experience, but please don't say "so-and-so has the best prices on the web." I always check out these claims and rarely find them completely true. Examples in this case tonight, using MTH products: Item Mario Other Well-known Vendor BB1 Electrics 678 599 SF 2900 Class 4-8-4 1076 1059 In fact, I bought the SF engine when that vendor offered another $100 discount! I know that it is always buyer beware in this hobby, but misleading...
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Rocky Mountaineer ·
Uhhh..... you might want to at least note that the OP started this thread well over a year ago, and the thread has since been resurrected earlier today. So rather than "dispute" the thread's premise, I tend to give the OP the benefit of the doubt -- namely, any such claim is simply a moment-in-time statement based on the OP's experiences. And just leave it at that. I'm sure we've all had similar experiences with suppliers that makes us feel good about doing more business with them in the...
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Soo Line ·
I've ordered 3 times this year from Mario's. Best price and excellent service each time !! Dave
 
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