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What Is The Farthest You Have Travelled To A Train Show?

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Posted by dinwitty on Monday, March 17, 2014 7:19 PM
from SW Michigan to Oswego MI to the Train Fest a few years ago, 4 hours one way, 4449, 765, 1225, and more steam were operating there plus 1 1/2 inch gauge and more running, plus all the vendors. It was rainy that day, sucks, but it eventually subsided. The next day 1225 had a flue failure (was poor metal, that took it out of action to replace with correct flues but the engine stayed on display for the show while 765 did its trips) I stayed about 3 hours then drove back. Generally I visit localized shows, Michigan City, Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, each no more than an hour away or less, but I am getting more interested in Chicago area shows and Wisconsin for more electric related interest.
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Posted by Soo Line fan on Monday, March 17, 2014 7:19 PM

Before Ebay became popular I once drove 20 miles from Detroit to Novi. The last show I attended was the National back in in 07 and that was a more manageable 10 mile trip. Surprise


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Posted by trainman3 on Monday, March 17, 2014 7:47 PM

400 miles one way twice once for Nation Train show and once for Trainfest both in Milwaukee wi. very much worth it

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Posted by vsmith on Monday, March 17, 2014 11:38 PM
Los Angeles area to Del Mar about 120 miles each way to attend a GTE show in December. Won't do it again as it is just too tiring and the Anahiem GTE is the next month.

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Posted by Medina1128 on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 11:51 AM

The farthest I've traveled is about 70 miles to Kansas City, MO for the annual Great Train Expo. Last year's was a big disappointment. It was scheduled shortly after Christmas; snow, the closeness to Christmas and the cold temps, I'm sure were factors that kept many vendors away.

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Posted by river_eagle on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 12:07 PM


Supertrain in Calgary is coming up and I am toying with making the 1056 KM. trip. There are no big shows on the West Coast, at least nothing like Supertrain. Am I nuts? (no need to answer)

How far have you travelled to attend a train show? Was it worth the trip and the expense? Just wonderin.Hmm


just make a long weekend / mini vacation out of the trip, and do non train show stuff too. 

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Posted by M_Robinson on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 2:49 PM


Supertrain in Calgary is coming up and I am toying with making the 1056 KM. trip. There are no big shows on the West Coast, at least nothing like Supertrain. Am I nuts? (no need to answer)

How far have you travelled to attend a train show? Was it worth the trip and the expense? Just wonderin.Hmm



If you do decide to go, let us know what you thought of the trip. I live on the west coast also (further north) and would consider going next year depending on your feedback and my work schedule.


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Posted by BATMAN on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 6:10 PM


If I go it will be a last minute decision. I thought I would do a little C.P.R. railfaning along the way and have a soak in the Hot Springs at Banff, seeing as how I drive right pass the place. 

I drove to Calgary a couple of years ago to a function. I woke up at 0530Hrs and was feeling pretty good and kissed the wife and told her I had decided to go. I always like to do things on the sperm of the moment (as Archie Bunker would say) At 1630Hrs I rolled into Calgary having stopped once for fuel in Golden. By 1730Hrs I was enjoying some of that Alberta Black Angus at the Best Western.

My wife booked me a flight and a car yesterday saying I am not as young as I use to be and shouldn't be driving through those mountains at this time of year, Westjet was $184.00 return. I guess I should be careful on what I have up as a screen saver.Laugh

Anyway I want to drive as I never get tired of that trip through the Rockies. I have two weeks to cancel the flight and car. I'll throw the snow shoes in the back and walk down to the West Spiral Tunnel portal if I need a break from driving.

Today I gave the Batmobile the Royal once over just in case it gets the call.

Hmmm. I wonder what the train fare is thie time of year.Hmm




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Posted by andrechapelon on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 7:36 PM

Well, in 1985, I attended the 150th Anniversary of German Railways in Nuremberg. That's over 5000 miles from where we were living at the time (SF Bay area). We didn't go specifically for the show, but it was a big plus. Good show. Lots of layouts as well as historical train rides.

Video of some of the festivities available on YouTube (in multiple cliips) :

I've also been to train shows in the UK, but again as an adjunct to vacation trips.



It's really kind of hard to support your local hobby shop when the nearest hobby shop that's worth the name is a 150 mile roundtrip.
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Posted by joe27 on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 8:22 PM

1780 miles from Phoenix AZ to Milwaukee for the 2010 Nat'l show. Of course we also attended the convention and toured Kalmbach and Walthers. We also drove the backroads instead of the interstate and made a very nice vacation of it. Took Amtrak to Chicago which is where I grew up, but we visited as tourists and took the river tours.



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Posted by santafe5000 on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 10:33 PM

Dallas to St Louis in 2001. 630 miles one way, just went for the weekend for the train show.

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Posted by jpmorrison on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 1:53 PM
1000 miles thornton,co. to trainfest in milwaukee well worth it jeff
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Posted by narrow gauge nuclear on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 3:21 PM

I hate to travel for any reason.  However, to travel for a train show, it would have to be fabulous.  The Great Scale Model Train Show at Timonium MD. is, indeed, fabuolus.  It is a 150 mile trip, one way for me and I consider the time and money well spent many times over.  Plus, I get to visit M.B. Klein, (Model Train Stuff), showroom which is only 5 miles from the fairgrounds after I leave the show.  A double barrel visit.  I would travel 400 miles, if I had to, to go to this one!

To show my hatred of travel related to train shows or perhaps my failure to see anything in Greenberg's efforts.  I refuse to travel 4.6 miles from my home to the twice yearly Greenberg train show.  Went twice in past years here and was both grossly disappointed and felt I wasted the nearly 10 miles in gas, wasted time and effort and lost gate fee.



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Posted by GP-9_Man11786 on Thursday, March 20, 2014 9:22 AM

Farthest I've traveled is 250 miles from Spartanburg, SC to Savannah, GA. But my parents live in Bluffton, SC, which is just across the River from Savannah so I got to visit them and stay the night.

Second farthest is 90 miles from Spartanburg to Charlotte.

When I still lived in New York I would make the 50 or so mile trip from my home town of Shoreham to Greenberg show at Hoffstra University. But I enjoyed coming home via the Ocean Parkway and driving right by the toll booth where Sonny Coleone didn't have EZ-Pass and paid the price for it. Laugh

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Posted by trolleyfan on Friday, March 21, 2014 3:39 AM

About 40 miles, but then I had 5 kids with me too.

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Posted by kelleywpns on Friday, March 21, 2014 9:20 AM

Every 2-3 years I do the Amhearst show in Springfield, MA ... about 2 hours one way.


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Posted by cjcrescent on Friday, March 21, 2014 11:16 AM

I once went from Mobile, Alabama to Eugene, Oregon for the NMRA Convention and of course the train show. 2114.0 miles. This was 1987.


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Posted by Yampa2003 on Saturday, March 22, 2014 3:02 AM
Andre, you beat me slightly......!! Flew from the UK to NYC, stayed over on Long Island, so got the Subway in to New York, took Amtrak to Baltimore and then the transit out to Timonium! Was it worth it? Yes, as I picked up several items that were priced the same in $ as opposed to £ and didn't have to pay taxes on arrival back in the UK!
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Posted by railswest on Sunday, March 23, 2014 4:33 PM

190 miles to Milwaukee. Show was pretty good. Last one I went to was in Madison, WI. I had been there before about 3 years ago, and it was good. This time...not so much. It was a lot smaller, and I probably won't attend it again, unless I hear it improves.

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Posted by williamsb on Sunday, March 23, 2014 7:20 PM

This is a fun one. In 1997 I went from Regina, Sk to Oakville,On to a CN Lines SIG and show, a little over 1600 miles one way. I see some on here have me beat! I only went for the show. I went by train from Melville to Toronto 1500 miles. Melville was the closest station, a 90 mile drive from Regina. Took Amtrak from Toronto to Oakville, 20 miles. It was my first and was a great show.

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Posted by Software Tools on Monday, March 24, 2014 6:33 AM

In 2002 I travelled from Sydney, Australia to Bletchley in the United Kingdom to attend a G Scale Society train show!



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