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@ftauss posted:

I found the York Meet webpage. They have a "primer" for new attendees but it looks like it was last updated in 2017. Does anyone know if there are plans to update it? Or if there are other sources of preparatory material?

I am hoping to go to it for the first time. Wife has already signed off and will not be coming. I want to have a good idea what to expect so I can plan my time.

Thanks, Frank

@Bruce Brown posted:

Clem Clement's tutorial on York is arguably the biblical primer. Here it is...

http://tcaetrain.org/2d-articl...Fall2019/index.shtml

Bruce hit the nail on the head!

Also, keep in mind the forum breakfast at Round The Click Diner on Thursday morning and the forum dinner gathering at Quaker Steak and Lube on Thursday evening.

Peter will start a breakfast thread a few weeks before the meet and while there usually isn't a dinner thread before the event folks start gathering around 5:30 and we pretty much take over the back part of the restaurant.  The wait staff will direct you to the back and just grab a seat.

-Greg

@shorling posted:

...At Strasburg there is the PA State Railroad Museum, TCA Museum, Strasburg  Railroad and Choo Choo Barn...

If you are traveling any distance such that you're staying overnight, be sure to spend the extra time to see all of these.

In addition, the train club in Red Lion generally has an open house on Wednesday and Thursday evening, and it should not be missed.  (Be sure to check on all events due to possible changes due to covid)

Although Clem's primer runs about 45 pages, IMHO a couple of items are missing:

1) If you are married, have a joint checking account, and in the process of building a layout--buying trains, track, scenery, etc--please think of a budget amount you don't plan to exceed. (I would also say this if you were planning on a trip to Las Vegas.) Problem is that it would be easy to drop $10,000+ at York without much effort. I always told my wife what I would be spending, and got agreement from her in advance. Thus when I returned home she did not go into shock or demanded large quantities of gold and diamond jewelry in retaliation. (I am still happily married after 30 years and attended York for 25 of them)

2) If you are a senior, knowing where all the bathrooms are located is vital. The TCA's map you get in the mail has those highlighted.  As someone previously mentioned, bring single dollar bills for the bathroom attendants.

@Rail Dude posted:

Great info, Thanks Bruce!

I very much would like to attend, (First Timer), gotta learn to quit choosing career over the love for the hobby. It's getting easier as I get older, coincidence?

I attended my first York when I was 61.  Yes, way too old considering I live a 5-hour drive away.  I agree it’s easier the older we get.  Now I’m retired, recovering from surgery, and will be 65 this fall, hopefully in good shape to attend again.  You worked hard all these years, get to York and enjoy it.  None of us knows how much longer he will be able to do it.

@Bruce Brown posted:

Although Clem's primer runs about 45 pages, IMHO a couple of items are missing:

1) If you are married, have a joint checking account, and in the process of building a layout--buying trains, track, scenery, etc--please think of a budget amount you don't plan to exceed. (I would also say this if you were planning on a trip to Las Vegas.) Problem is that it would be easy to drop $10,000+ at York without much effort. I always told my wife what I would be spending, and got agreement from her in advance. Thus when I returned home she did not go into shock or demanded large quantities of gold and diamond jewelry in retaliation. (I am still happily married after 30 years and attended York for 25 of them)

2) If you are a senior, knowing where all the bathrooms are located is vital. The TCA's map you get in the mail has those highlighted.  As someone previously mentioned, bring single dollar bills for the bathroom attendants.

I’m with you on both items, Bruce.  I have been able to keep Mrs. B. happy for 37 years.  Also, bathrooms are vital.  I’m happy to tip those fellows in the rest rooms.  There is a similar arrangement in rest rooms at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh when we go to hear our daughter sing with the Mendelssohn Choir.

@Rail Dude posted:

So what's the best burger in York?

I did a little “internet research” on some travel websites that my wife swears by.  Never been, but the The First Post Public House, White Rose Bar & Grill, and Iron Horse York all get good reviews on their burgers.

I’ve only ever just attended the meet and had a hot dog in the one hall for lunch.  I should probably branch out a little and “experience” York.

@Rail Dude posted:

The want and can is definitely there, all that's left is the doing. I agree with that, "Trains are importanter".

So what's the best burger in York?

A couple of years ago, when I was heading back home, I passed a Five Guys not too far from the fair grounds. If you’ve never been to one, it’s a kind of build your own fast food burger chain (pick the number of patties, the toppings, etc.). Everything is cooked to order and the fries are amazing (second only to Nathan’s fries from Coney Island!!!). One point of caution... the portions of fries are rather generous to say the least!!!

@Traindiesel posted:

When trying to decide if you want to or can go to the York Meet, always remember:

Careers and school are important. Playing with and buying trains are importanter!

With all due respect, Brian, it is clear from your statement that you OBVIOUSLY spent more time “playing with and buying trains” than attending to your school studies... had you been more studious, you would know that the statement should read - Playing with and buying trains is betterer...

@Apples55 posted:

A couple of years ago, when I was heading back home, I passed a Five Guys not too far from the fair grounds. If you’ve never been to one, it’s a kind of build your own fast food burger chain (pick the number of patties, the toppings, etc.). Everything is cooked to order and the fries are amazing (second only to Nathan’s fries from Coney Island!!!). One point of caution... the portions of fries are rather generous to say the least!!!

They have great burgers - probably the best around from a chain.  Unfortunately, the one on US 30 (not too far from the meet) closed at least a couple of years ago.  Per their website, there is still one on the east side of town, but it's nowhere near the fairgrounds.

Don't eat there before getting blood work for your physical, and be sure to have your cardiologist on speed dial.

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@Mallard4468 posted:

They have great burgers - probably the best around from a chain.  Unfortunately, the one on US 30 (not too far from the meet) closed at least a couple of years ago.  Per their website, there is still one on the east side of town, but it's nowhere near the fairgrounds.

Don't eat there before getting blood work for your physical, and be sure to have your cardiologist on speed dial.

I’ll just double up on my cholesterol medication for a while!  Yah, that aught o work!  😉

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