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Amherst Show Coming Soon

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Posted by nealknows on Monday, January 27, 2020 7:28 AM

What was the final attendance? I was packing up my area, and don't remember hearing the final number.

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Posted by dknelson on Monday, January 27, 2020 10:56 AM

The list of new product announcements for the show on the MR website is impressive, including some transit stuff and lines of structures from outfits I never heard of.  

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Posted by riogrande5761 on Monday, January 27, 2020 11:46 AM

I was expecting maybe more HO rolling stock announcement, but over all not bad.  It just depends on what you need.  I pretty much dodged the bullet.

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Posted by dmoore74 on Monday, January 27, 2020 6:01 PM

Sunday attendance was 6,973.  Total two day ticketed attendance was 18,054.

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Posted by Bubby on Monday, January 27, 2020 10:13 PM

dmoore74

Sunday attendance was 6,973.  Total two day ticketed attendance was 18,054.

 

I'm curious how that compares with prior year(s)? I was not able to go this year, but I love that show and hope it continues to be successful.



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Posted by chutton01 on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 9:01 AM

Bubby
dmoore74

Sunday attendance was 6,973.  Total two day ticketed attendance was 18,054.

  

I'm curious how that compares with prior year(s)? I was not able to go this year, but I love that show and hope it continues to be successful.

Well, not great compared to the 2016 show:

Show total. Total population = 23,687 from the MRH forum. Little below average according to a member of the society who posted in that forum. Sunday was actually down.


If the 2016 figure quoted in that long ago thread was correct (and measuring comparable metrics), the show attendance seems to be dropping faster than Union Pacific traffic figures...
OK, I did a bit more searching, and it is not as bleak as it seems - from another forum for 2018 figures: "the paid attendance was 17,200 not including approximately 400 dealers, exhibitors, and layout participants." so it went up some, which is good. Google is being grumpy in retrieving Model Railroader past threads about Amherst, shame there's no Search Community function...

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Posted by dmoore74 on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 9:08 AM

Ticketed attendance was up about 1,000 from last year.  You always need to add a couple thousand more for vendors, exhibitors, and show volunteers.

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Posted by Paul3 on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 4:40 PM

Exactly.  There were around 2500 dealer ID's sold, and I'm one of them.

BTW, I did pass the 2-foot gauge steam engine on I-90 going west on Friday.  They were pulling into a rest area at the time.

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Posted by Brammy on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 6:29 PM
How noticeable is that 5k difference between the days. I generally enjoy Sunday because I can leisurely walk around. Does it feel like there are 5k extra people, or are folks dispersed around?
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Posted by dmoore74 on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 8:20 PM

Paul3

Exactly.  There were around 2500 dealer ID's sold, and I'm one of them.

BTW, I did pass the 2-foot gauge steam engine on I-90 going west on Friday.  They were pulling into a rest area at the time.

 

That was a coaling station.

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