what do you miss at York that used to be there?

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Not sure about all the love for yellow - I'll take orange over it any day.  Bad lighting, bumping into girders, etc.

The Yellow hall certainly was smaller than the Orange. The opening of the Orange hall as a dealer hall heralded the explosion of dealers at the York meet. Whether that was good or maybe not so much, is all a matter of perspective.

Since we are taking about halls, when did the Silver hall open?

Also, another place I miss at York: there was an Italian restaurant, I think it was called Anthony's. I always had one dinner there during the York show. It closed a number of years ago.

C.W. Burfle
C W Burfle posted:
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Since we are taking about halls, when did the Silver hall open?

Also, another place I miss at York: there was an Italian restaurant, I think it was called Anthony's. I always had one dinner there during the York show. It closed a number of years ago.

The York Expo Center site indicates the Memorial Hall building was expanded in 1995. 

On the topic of other restaurants no longer there:  There used to be something called either the West Side or West Shore Steakhouse (not sure if I am subconsciously mixing the name with West Side Lumber ).  Also more recently, Damon's closed a while back.

-Dave

"Arthur, the gent you are talking about was Lyle Cain of Lyle Cain enterprises.  He sold the Toonerville Trolley and related items in the Yellow hall."

Marty, yes, I remember that gent, too. He usually wore a navy blue conductor's uniform.  But Lou "Mr. TCA" Redman was definitely the gent in the center of the action in the Blue Hall with whom I spoke.  He was wearing his trademark beige railroad-themed three-piece suit, probably made from some curtain material his wife found in a Woolworth one day.

Arthur P. Bloom TCA 86-23906 "I love the smell of smoke pellets in the morning!"

Dave45681 posted:

I think he only brought it once, but Neil Young's HORDE layout.  (I forget which meet, but I think 1998)

That was a phenomenal display to see at York.  Glad I was there for it for it's single appearance.

Also the Big Mo (MTH layout in a trailer) display that Harry Turner used to bring (Harry also no longer with us unfortunately).

-Dave

Yep, Neil Young's display was awesome, the engine had a camera in it which was connected to the jumbo tron screen outside. I heard he also would set it up at one of his concerts.  That weekend Neil signed a tee shirt my son was wearing.

I miss my Dad the most.  I went to my first York meet with him in April 1979 (I was in 4th grade) and it was simply the best time a kid could ask for. York is the one place I go where I feel his presence the most, especially the Blue Hall, where he always had a table, and where I now have mine. 

 

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I remember the orange hall opening in time for the October 2003 meet.  That was the one where Lionel introduced Railsounds 5.0 and the JLC H7 locomotives.  At their booth they had individual stations with locomotives on rollers that you could try with a Cab-1.  One of them was the new NKP TMCC Berkshire.  When I tried it and pushed the whistle button I was blown out of the hall; it was to me, and still is, one of the best sounding locos ever made.  I went right over to Gryzboski's booth and bought one.  My dad was with me, and we had a lot of fun. 

I do remember the outside tents and still miss them, it was always fun to see what was inside! 

Great thread!   

Trussman posted:

Yep, Neil Young's display was awesome, the engine had a camera in it which was connected to the jumbo tron screen outside. I heard he also would set it up at one of his concerts.  That weekend Neil signed a tee shirt my son was wearing.

Funny story regarding signatures at that event.....

I forget if it was the VHS video that they had for sale or maybe a Lionel catalog, but my dad got into the idea of having Neil sign something from the meet. 

So he sees a gentleman dressed in railroad overalls operating the layout and asks him to sign.  The man replied that he would sign it if he liked, but his name was Larry!  He then pointed out where Neil was standing.

BTW, while I did not attend any concerts, I believe that was the whole premise of the layout was for his tour with his group HORDE at the time.  I don't know how many concerts there were or if the layout went to all of them or just certain ones.  That's also what led to the HORDE boxcar that you still see sometimes.

-Dave

Phaltzgraff pottery.  Used to be made in York, Pa.  Now made in China.

For a good number of years, every trip to York included a stop at their outlet store, regardless of whether my wife was on the trip. If she was there, she picked out her own stuff, otherwise, I'd bring home a few surprises.

C.W. Burfle
Ted R posted:

.......Mostly I miss those York friends that have passed.  However, I'm thankful for the memories and the chance to have known them.

Time moves on and things change.  The great thing about York is the opportunity to have new experiences and make new memories.  Still anticipate these meets even after attending for a quarter century.

That's solid gold, right there, applying as it does to life itself.

FrankM.

I miss being there.

My enjoyment and part of what I miss of the TCA Meets @York included starting each day quite early. I enjoyed the quiet times I spent dozing and waiting at sunrise for everybody else to arrive, each morning, having driven from my Holiday Inn Express room in Lancaster while it was still dark, to avoid any traffic and to get myself into this parking slot close to the big roll-up door of the Orange Hall. I often needed quick access to the car during the show.

This shot was taken from inside my vehicle, looking out the driver's window, left, toward one of the Orange Hall's parking lots (Brown Hall on the right).........

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This was the view through the right side of my vehicle, facing east....

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I really miss the wonderful customers, for whom I have always been grateful, who would almost wipe me out of displayed inventory before 20 minutes had passed after our hand-over-the-heart singing of the National Anthem opening. It was a thrill needing to go to the car, later, to acquire the inventory of Insta-Ramas I had kept in reserve.

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And of course, having friends such as Allan Miller, Jim Elster, Roy Baker, and Eliot (Scrapiron Scher) come by my little booth to make a pleasant and cheerful fuss over my latest work was the perfect start for each Meet. That really mattered a whole lot to me, their friendly and encouraging voices, and of course , the developing friendships themselves, which meant and mean so much to me.

And finally, speaking just as a vendor and modeler, having a few big customers, such as Richard Kughn and a couple others, swoop into the booth, late on a Friday, or early on Saturday, wave a hand over all that I had remaining in my booth, and say, "I'll take it all," was fantastic! Such good fortune used to make me wonder if I would still have to remain at my empty booth if customers had bought everything before Friday finished or Saturday arrived. The wondering was fun in itself , man-o-man!

Yes, I miss the excitement of it all, every person  who greeted me at my  booth and looked around, and which, at times, meant having the work of this simple English teacher's hands accepted and taken home to layouts and included in the happiness there.

Thank you, TCA, Thank You, Debbie Geiser, who was always patient with my many questions, and Thank you, customers, who, after every Meet, left me with no inventory to take home. That was a feeling of accomplishment I cannot describe to you. I miss  all of you. It was great, great fun.

FrankM, Layout Refinements, and Moon Township, USA

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Dave45681 posted:

I think he only brought it once, but Neil Young's HORDE layout.  (I forget which meet, but I think 1998)

That was a phenomenal display to see at York.  Glad I was there for it for it's single appearance.

Also the Big Mo (MTH layout in a trailer) display that Harry Turner used to bring (Harry also no longer with us unfortunately).

-Dave

Anyone ever see any pictures of this...? Be interesting to see.

I suspect I'm one of the few here that have actually been to a few H.O.R.D.E. shows - although I don't think Neil Young & Crazy Horse was playing an of the ones I saw. I recall them being latecomers to the H.O.R.D.E. tours.

I do own a HORDE boxcar!

I miss the excitement of my first time at York in 1983. I set up in the White hall and I will never forget the fellow running through the hall with a tape recorder. He was making notes of specific items in each isle. That made an impression on me that this was a serious train meet where people came buy. I think that fellow was forum member Peter (Putnam Division). I never asked him but I guess that is what I am doing right now.

I hope you all have a great time at York. there is nothing like it on earth.

 

Alan Graziano

Roving Sign posted:

Anyone ever see any pictures of this...? Be interesting to see.

I suspect I'm one of the few here that have actually been to a few H.O.R.D.E. shows - although I don't think Neil Young & Crazy Horse was playing an of the ones I saw. I recall them being latecomers to the H.O.R.D.E. tours.

I do own a HORDE boxcar!

Unfortunately this was several years before I owned a digital camera, so I don't have any pictures. I forget if either of the 2 O gauge magazines might have had a story with a pic or 2 or not back then.

Probably someone might (I think since it was outside the halls, the older camera ban would not have applied - but I may be mistaken), but this was almost 10 years before everyone had a camera in their pocket as part of their smart-phone.

-Dave

Dave45681 posted:
Moonson posted:
Craignor posted:

I miss all the hot babes.

Lurking out in the dark parking lots later than the rest of us, are ya ?

More likely he is remembering something other than a train meet!

-Dave

Or maybe just wishful thinking. I'd have to caution him about leaving the fairgrounds at night, though, no matter the hoped-for adventure. And I'd have to agree with Arthur about not making that wrong turn at Jerome Ave.

Craignor posted:
Moonson posted:
Craignor posted:

I miss all the hot babes.

Lurking out in the dark parking lots later than the rest of us, are ya ?

Nope, just a dumb joke...seeing a hot babe at York is like seeing a Unicorn.

Not dumb, Craig, just simple playfulness. We got that, which is why a couple of us decided to play along with you.

FrankM

Nope, just a dumb joke...seeing a hot babe at York is like seeing a Unicorn.

LOL, years ago one of the dealers in the Yellow hall had a tall, attractive lady working in their booth, dressed in a pair of hickory striped overalls. If I recall correctly, they were cut down into hot pants.
Anybody remember this?

One thing I miss: the shotgun start to the show.

C.W. Burfle

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