Amherst Show Coming Soon

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Posted by tree68 on Monday, January 27, 2020 5:35 PM

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

Sunday seemed a little lighter.  Of course, Saturday is when all the "serious" modellers and fans are there to make sure they get what they're looking for.  Sunday tends to lean more toward families.

We stayed fairly busy both days.  

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Posted by Electroliner 1935 on Monday, January 27, 2020 5:32 PM

Boys will be boys. We love that that accentuates the positive (as the song went)

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Posted by dmoore74 on Monday, January 27, 2020 5:28 PM

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

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Posted by tree68 on Monday, January 27, 2020 4:27 PM

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Were Sunday attendance figures released? Oddly this year the Amherst threads seem pretty subdued compared to year's past.

I thought I saw them somewhere, but maybe not.

Definitely form fitting spandex...

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Posted by chutton01 on Sunday, January 26, 2020 11:43 PM

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Was she the one who was wandering around with the umbrella?  Saw her Saturday in one of the buildings, and she wandered by our booth Sunday.

I don't recall her having an umbrella, maybe she got one when it started to rain later, but I saw her twice in the Young building, which makes sense since that's where Deluxe Materials was. She wore what was likely form fitting spandex, Blue & Red/Silver (the colors of Deluxe), and looked straight out of a 1990s Eastern European dating site, tall with very blonde hair.
Actually I thought the most attractive woman at the expo was the one with short dark hair and glasses at the B.E.S.T. booth area, wore a red blazer & black skirt on Saturday.  Didn't talk with her, as I got intercepted by one of the very young (high school?) girls when I was looking for building details. Not sure if the dark haired woman was part owner of BEST or not, but she looked like a few of my former girlfriends (yes, I know she was not, but she did look like two of them). 

Both days were busy, although I didn't see the rush on Sunday that we saw early on on Saturday.  It was more spread out 

Were Sunday attendance figures released? Oddly this year the Amherst threads seem pretty subdued compared to year's past.

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Posted by tree68 on Sunday, January 26, 2020 10:02 PM

Was she the one who was wandering around with the umbrella?  Saw her Saturday in one of the buildings, and she wandered by our booth Sunday.

Both days were busy, although I didn't see the rush on Sunday that we saw early on on Saturday.  It was more spread out 

I spent more money than on should have, but all on little stuff.

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Posted by chutton01 on Sunday, January 26, 2020 4:17 PM

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Saturday attendance was 11,081.

    Sounds like a small city.

 

Sounds like a smaller turnout.

From the 2016 Amherst Model Railroad show MR forum thread:

Saturday's ticketed attendance was 11,887.  Not an all time attendance record but a very busy day.

I was there yesterday, and it certainly wasn't crush capacity (except for a few localized areas, like the Rapido booth). It was raining on and off in the afternoon,  not sure if that made a difference.  I left around 4:00PM, having made the rounds and finding pretty much everything I was looking for, and getting out of the parking lot was actually fairly quick compared to the last 3 times I attended. To keep boredom in this thread down I will NOT go into depth reviews like I have in the past, except to say there was a booth babe this time, at Deluxe Materials.

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Posted by Paul of Covington on Sunday, January 26, 2020 2:39 PM

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Saturday attendance was 11,081.

 

   Sounds like a small city.

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Posted by tree68 on Saturday, January 25, 2020 9:06 PM

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Saturday attendance was 11,081.

It certainly looked it.  The were coming in hot and heavy all morning.  

Got a chance to do some shopping as we had plenty of folks for the booth.  There's still a few things I want to check out on Sunday.

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Posted by dmoore74 on Saturday, January 25, 2020 8:08 PM

Saturday attendance was 11,081.

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Posted by tree68 on Friday, January 24, 2020 9:59 PM

We're in section 18 in the Better Living Center - stop by and say hi!

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Posted by tree68 on Friday, January 24, 2020 7:26 AM

Packing up, heading out.  Should be there by 4 or so.

Stop in and see us if you go to the show.  I'll be the tall guy at the Adirondack RR booth.

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Posted by dmoore74 on Thursday, January 23, 2020 7:16 PM

Tables are set up.  Layouts are being assembled and tested.  Friday will see the dealers arrive as well as Monson #3.  #3's whistle will sound to open the show on Saturday.

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Posted by chutton01 on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 10:52 AM

I posted this in the MR forum, might as well post it here:

Medium range weather report from the NWS for West Springfield states rain/snow likely both Saturday and Sunday, temperatures above freezing however...

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Posted by dmoore74 on Monday, January 20, 2020 9:31 AM

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 The Dry Hill Model Railroad Club, located in the Mallary Complex, runs some LONG trains.

 

That's the club I was referring to with the locos almost touching the caboose...  And it is a big layout.

There's usually a big "free-mo" layout running in one of the buildings as well.

 

New England Free-Mo will be in section 145 of the Mallary Building.

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Posted by tree68 on Monday, January 20, 2020 7:25 AM

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 The Dry Hill Model Railroad Club, located in the Mallary Complex, runs some LONG trains.

That's the club I was referring to with the locos almost touching the caboose...  And it is a big layout.

There's usually a big "free-mo" layout running in one of the buildings as well.

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Posted by dmoore74 on Monday, January 20, 2020 7:13 AM

If you're unable to attend in person, check the Virtual Railfan web site.  They are planning on doing live feeds on both days of the show.

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Posted by Lithonia Operator on Saturday, January 18, 2020 8:17 AM

I'd like to get there someday.

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Posted by dmoore74 on Saturday, January 18, 2020 8:12 AM

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At this show, about what % is related to real railroading, as opposed to modeling?

 

Just a WAG - something north of 75% is modelling.  The rest is regional tourist lines and railroadiana (images, collectables, etc).

Odds are if you're looking for something railroad related, you can find it.  All scales are represented.

That said - there are some very impressive layouts there, too, with the host organization taking the cake in that category.  Another layout annually runs a huge train that very nearly has the lead loco coupled to the trailing caboose.  

List of vendors and exhibitors is here:  http://www.railroadhobbyshow.com/listofexhibitors.php

 

 

There are also railroad specific historical societies, travel agencies, and publishers (including Kalmbach.)  The Amherst Belt Lines layout in the Better Living Center covers several scale miles.  The Dry Hill Model Railroad Club, located in the Mallary Complex, runs some LONG trains.  Don't forget there is a 1/1 scale steam locomotive running outside the Better Living Center.

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Posted by tree68 on Friday, January 17, 2020 9:29 PM

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At this show, about what % is related to real railroading, as opposed to modeling?

Just a WAG - something north of 75% is modelling.  The rest is regional tourist lines and railroadiana (images, collectables, etc).

Odds are if you're looking for something railroad related, you can find it.  All scales are represented.

That said - there are some very impressive layouts there, too, with the host organization taking the cake in that category.  Another layout annually runs a huge train that very nearly has the lead loco coupled to the trailing caboose.  

List of vendors and exhibitors is here:  http://www.railroadhobbyshow.com/listofexhibitors.php

 

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Posted by Lithonia Operator on Friday, January 17, 2020 8:50 PM

At this show, about what % is related to real railroading, as opposed to modeling?

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Posted by dmoore74 on Friday, January 17, 2020 7:46 PM

One week to go.  The larger layouts will begin setting up on Thursday.  Vendor tables will be put in place and most dealers will arrive on Friday  Monson #3 should arrive late Friday afternoon.  The track will be put in place and she'll be under steam Saturday morning to sound the opening whistle at 9:00AM.  Check the show web site for the vendor list and the floor plan so you can get the maximum benefit from your visit.

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Posted by dmoore74 on Monday, January 13, 2020 8:48 AM

Updated show information is now available in the Upcoming Events in the Resources section of the forum.

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Posted by dmoore74 on Friday, January 10, 2020 9:15 AM

We're now down to serious countdown time, two weeks until showtime.  If you check the show website you can find the list of vendors as well as the floor plan for all 4 buildings.  You shouldn't have any problem locating Monson #3 operating outside the Better Living Center.

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 5:33 PM

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What does it cost to rent the smallest table at the show? Someday I will need to scale down my book collection.

 

What you can  do is check for any train club sponsored shows in your area, or close to it.

The club I belong to, the Virginia Train Collectors, sponsors four train meets a year at various locations.  Tables rent for $25 each and there's usually no problem getting one if one reserves early enough. 

I'd imagine most other train clubs are similar.  

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Posted by tree68 on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 5:04 PM

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What does it cost to rent the smallest table at the show? Someday I will need to scale down my book collection.

Can't answer that - you'll have to contact the club.  They're full for this year.

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Posted by dmoore74 on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 5:03 PM

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What does it cost to rent the smallest table at the show? Someday I will need to scale down my book collection.

 

Information is available on the show web site.  There is currently a waiting list for table space.

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Posted by Lithonia Operator on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 4:11 PM

What does it cost to rent the smallest table at the show? Someday I will need to scale down my book collection.

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Posted by dmoore74 on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 2:51 PM

Flintlock76

OK, I stand corrected.  But it sure was cool!

 

There will be a video of #2 posted during or after the show if you care to do a comparison.  Show opens each day with a whistle blast.

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