This past April was m first York.  Had a funnel cake from one of the outside vendors for a mid-day snack.  Not difficult to make, but hot with lots of powdered sugar, it really hit the spot!

Jim

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bigtruckpete posted:

I’m confused. Isn’t York a train show?

Nope!  Much more.  If you condense all the posts you will see it is much more than a just train show; it's travel, fellowship, fun, eating, purchasing, checking up with the vendors and basic bodily functions.   Your mileage may vary.

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Tom Tee posted:
bigtruckpete posted:

I’m confused. Isn’t York a train show?

Nope!  Much more.  If you condense all the posts you will see it is much more than a just train show; it's travel, fellowship, fun, eating, purchasing, checking up with the vendors and basic bodily functions.   Your mileage may vary.

Correct. There are train shows, and then there is York. I think it may have been last October a few of us were talking about that very distinction after dinner at Quaker Steak & Lube. How York, Allentown, and some others(can't recall, must have been the Guinness or the dessert) are not considered train shows. It is fairly easy to tell the difference as train shows are usually advertised as such, "come down and see at the Great Train Show...."

After all, my first time there sitting in the dining hall, I was talking to a guy who would frequent the Amherst show in Massachusetts (I think that's right). He said that both York and Amherst really aren't "train shows" because of what is going on. I found that to be interesting.

DougB posted:

Are not really train shows, please explain!

As stated above(not my post) so much more than just trains. There is more interaction between people which is more comparable to making or seeing new and old friends. Train shows you may only interact with a few people if you always buy from them or know them. This could be your LTS staff or such.

To me the environment is far different. Train shows is more of an in and get out in most cases. You're not going to go to a train show and talk just to anyone you meet most like. Granted though you may talk to someone who is looking at the same thing or something close to what you are looking at, but it is just that moment.

A few people I have met at shows I do talk to if I see them again. At York it becomes more engaging to me at least. I will spend as little as a half hour some times talking about almost anything with whomever I'm standing next to(or the booth/vendor). I think my first October I talked to Ryan about 45 minutes(sort of on and off) and Dave for at least 20. Dave had to get up and go so that's why it was short. He won't be there this October which is a shame for all. I like talking to Dave and missed that last year.

Of course I am also looking forward to food. Being someone that enjoys eating, it would be a downer not to have some good food(just need to follow your nose).

Does that sound right DougB?

I agree, however understand that the vendors are there to sell and may not have much time to talk too much when they have a line in front of their booth. Many vendors will hold your purchasers from them and others. Many are friendly , many will follow you around hoping you will purchase from them. Most will offer to hold for you to view their wares, I make it a  policy not to touch any train until I ask them to do so or ask them to move it for me to view the object,  If allowed to handle the item I make sure I hold with both hands and am carefull on how to hold goods.  Some can sense if you are a serious train person and are only eager to speak to you, esp if they see you have many prior purchases with you weather or not you purchased from them.    Breakfast at Round the clock is where the bus persons like me get to talk to the others  in the bus or not.

Yeah, that is true too. I'll still talk both serious train stuff and shoot the breeze when it is acceptable. I say it like that because like you said, sometimes it is busy for them. If I don't see anything I'm looking for, I'll ask. Rudest thing to do is hover without saying anything at all even when they see you're there searching for something and the response you give is "no".

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