My brother and I went to the WGH on Tour show yesterday in Hampton VA and had with us his granddaughter (4). I hadn’t been to a train show in decades (golf and Harleys instead) so the WGH was going to be a new experience.
As it turned out, it was terrific for my brother, his granddaughter, and me as well. Clearly geared towards kids and their parents and grandparents, I can see why these shows would not be everyone’s cup of tea. But for parents and GP’s, the show was great.
Enough text, how about some snaps of the show starting with the huge Tidewater O Gauge Association layout. This was the best layout, and had plenty of push button operating accessories:
The LIONEL, MTH, and Bachmann were there but were primarily set-up for families; and if they had their brand new stuff out, I didn’t recognize it:
Lots of other vendors, operating lay-outs in every scale, and all things Thomas, of course:
We all had a great time. We arrived a few minutes before the show opened, so the little one got the first two of her five rides on Thomas without having to wait in line--her Opa and great uncle Carl were most grateful. She loved the trains--the operating layouts in all scales; the push button activated accessories; the push to run trains on wooden track; the Legos; etc.; and, being around dozens of other kids in the activity areas, Three hours of joy and plenty of Purell applications.