Wife and I have gone to that show for as long as I can remember. This is the first year I'm really not sure if we will go.  The bulk of the show is HO and N scale, and it seems like I always come home thinking I would have just been better spending the day on eBay.

Taking both days off from work already put in for the days off. Just need to order my tickets

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If the weather free from a major show storm, I'll be there Saturday and Sunday.   So much to see.   My Son has a N scale layout.   So we spend a lot of time looking at N scale items.    Maybe I'll find some MPC items for myself.

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If the weather is decent, I'll go. If not, I'll stay in Boston. I'm traveling from my home in Washington (DC) for the show. Last year was my first time. Lots of HO and N but I did manage to pick up a beautiful, boxed, Postwar Lionel 2338 I'd been looking for. 

Arnold D. Cribari posted:

I plan to go on Saturday of that weekend.  Arnold

I particularly like the scenery materials at the Big E.

Last year I bought O scale baseball figures, a boat, and numerous scenery materials there. Arnold

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If you are into model railroading , it is a fun day , yes there is 0 gauge trains there , and i have found many trains in 0 that i was looking for ,and some that i have never seen .The operating layouts are fantastic , there are plenty of scenery items to pick up . They even have a live operation steam engine on the grounds for the last three years . I go on a bus trip from taunton ma every year $45.00 for bus  ride in deluxe motor  coach ,ticket are included , and the bus parks next to the door and you are given your tickets in the bus , great time 

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A friend and I drove down quite a few years ago on a Saturday and (I think) only two buildings but it was so busy, we decided to have lunch at the restaurant on site and go back home. He knew about the restaurant because he had been to a circus on the fairgrounds previously. It was so crowded that we could hardly move and could not get near the tables that might have had something in which we were interested so never again for me because I cannot tolerate crowds.

Art

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Looking forward to going again this year on Saturday, the 25th, if the weather holds.

With 4 buildings and about 400 exhibitors including Lionel, MTH, Atlas, Charles Ro, Z-Stuff, Grybowski's, Amato's, Bar Mills, Mianne, Miller Engineering, Ross, Scenic Express and Woodland Scenics, just to mention a few, plus numerous O-scale vendors, there's a lot of O-scale in the show.

The exhibitor list and floor plans are on-line for those going or considering.

http://www.railroadhobbyshow.com/

 

20centuryhudson posted:

Wish Scott Mann and 3rd rail/GGD were there

We went for a number of years back in the 1990's when Mort Mann owned the business. It just did not seem worthwhile to us, particularly since the fellow who ran the show at the time said we could not find out until the day before if we had tables or not.

It is a 6 hour drive from me so that is what made the decision. Obviously we go to York twice per year.

R. Heil     Sunset / 3rd Rail / Golden Gate

Richie C. posted:

The exhibitor list and floor plans are on-line for those going or considering.

I have printed out the map and highlighted items I was interested in. It is very easy to miss things. Especially in the Better Living building.

There is a lot to see.  

If you do a search there should be a lot of pictures of past shows.

 

Art Howes posted:

A friend and I drove down quite a few years ago on a Saturday and (I think) only two buildings but it was so busy, we decided to have lunch at the restaurant on site and go back home. He knew about the restaurant because he had been to a circus on the fairgrounds previously. It was so crowded that we could hardly move and could not get near the tables that might have had something in which we were interested so never again for me because I cannot tolerate crowds.

Show is always crowded. Have to expect that at a successful Show. That said, if you come early in the day, there should be no problem getting through all of the halls.

Richie C. posted:

Looking forward to going again this year on Saturday, the 25th, if the weather holds.

With 4 buildings and about 400 exhibitors including Lionel, MTH, Atlas, Charles Ro, Z-Stuff, Grybowski's, Amato's, Bar Mills, Mianne, Miller Engineering, Ross, Scenic Express and Woodland Scenics, just to mention a few, plus numerous O-scale vendors, there's a lot of O-scale in the show.

The exhibitor list and floor plans are on-line for those going or considering.

http://www.railroadhobbyshow.com/

 

Also Model Tech Studios. They have awesome stuff.

Pat

Just eleven (11) days until the start of the show on Saturday, January 25th.

Long range forecast looks to be colder than it has been in Massachusetts lately (although that's not too hard to accomplish considering it was 72 degrees in Boston two days ago). Hopefully, no snow.

Not going.  Used to go every year a while ago but now the cost is not worth it.  $30 for my wife and I plus $5 to park even before we see anything worth buying and the show has VERY little O Gauge stuff anymore.  Good show for HO and small scales but a waste of time for O.

In my opinion, there is plenty of O gauge - both layouts and vendors. Looking at trains and layouts in smaller scales and On30 leads to ideas that can be implemented in O gauge. Railroad historical societies  (New Haven, B&M, New York Central), structure kit manufacturers, railroad booksellers, scenery products also of interest to me. Lionel, MTH, WBB, Atlas usually attend too. Most interesting show of the year in New England - in my opinion. I hope to be there.

MELGAR

MELGAR posted:

In my opinion, there is plenty of O gauge - both layouts and vendors. Looking at trains and layouts in smaller scales and On30 leads to ideas that can be implemented in O gauge. 

MELGAR

I totally agree! I always find a lot of o gauge to buy or see. I guess if you are only looking for prewar Lionel .... you may be a little disappointed. 

I am fairly selective in what I buy and I always find a good amount to take home. 

A lot of the layouts are other scales but still impressive and provide many ideas.

 

 

Went last year, first time, traveling from my home in the Washington DC Suburbs. Picked up a beautiful, boxed Lionel Postwar 2338 GP9. I intend to go next week, I have yet to book my airfare as I am doing the "wait and watch the weather" until the last minute move. That worked well last year and plan to do the same this year. 

SJC,

Just want to let you know that it's possible to go by rail from DC to Springfield, MA. You can take Amtrak all the way to Springfield or New Haven and then CT Rail (commuter) from New Haven to Springfield. Total rail time one way about six or seven hours. It's an interesting rail trip if you have time before and after the show.

MELGAR

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