• 2014 Amherst Show Almost Here

  • Discussion related to everything about model railroading, from layout design and planning, to reviews of related model tools and equipment. Discussion includes O, S, HO, N and Z, as well as narrow gauge topics. Also includes discussion of traditional "toy train" and "collector" topics such as Lionel, American Flyer, Marx, and others. Also includes discussion of outdoor garden railways and live steamers.
Discussion related to everything about model railroading, from layout design and planning, to reviews of related model tools and equipment. Discussion includes O, S, HO, N and Z, as well as narrow gauge topics. Also includes discussion of traditional "toy train" and "collector" topics such as Lionel, American Flyer, Marx, and others. Also includes discussion of outdoor garden railways and live steamers.

Moderators: 3rdrail, Otto Vondrak, stilson4283

  by dcm74
 
The Amherst Railway Society's Annual Railroad Hobby Show at the Big E in West Springfield, MA, is 3 weeks away (Jan. 25 & 26). Over 7 acres of railroading in 4 buildings. Further information available at: http://www.railroadhobbyshow.com" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
  by dcm74
 
Be sure to check the vendor lists and floor plans. You can save a lot of time if you're looking for a particular product or dealer. Please use the pictured product when you go to visit Otto at the Carstens tables.
  by Otto Vondrak
 
That off-road stroller would indeed be a formidable adversary to my shins... However, my new job keeps me pretty well installed in the Carstens booth, so dealing with navigating through the crowds of happy visitors is no longer as much of an issue for me as it was in the past. In fact, I say bring on the strollers, the Runabouts, the scooters, the Razor bikes, and the golf carts! The more the merrier :-)

As an aside... One year (probably way back in the 20th century) my friends and I "borrowed" a shopping cart from a local establishment and brought it to the train show at the Syracuse Fairgrounds. Needless to say, we were very popular with the vendors...

Folks, don't miss the Amherst Show. It is the largest gathering in the Northeast, and the proceeds help fund many worthwhile railroad preservation projects throughout the region. Don't complain about paying for parking, that's the venue own deal. Instead visit all of the vendors, museums, railroad clubs, and layouts and enjoy yourself!

And stop by and say hello to me at the Carstens Publications booth. :-)

-otto-
  by dcm74
 
Less than 2 weeks before showtime. Anyone else going or is everyone afraid of those killer baby strollers?
  by dcm74
 
One week to go. Otto should have his shin guards ready by now. Hope everyone has their shopping lists ready.
  by GE45tonner
 
Looking forward to this! It's kinda like a continuation of the Holiday season. I'll be there at the Old Colony and Newport booth.
  by Otto Vondrak
 
Come visit me at the Carstens Publications booth in the Young Building, where I imagine I will be shackled to for most of the weekend :-)

-otto-
  by dcm74
 
Set up will start tomorrow, Jan. 23. The show itself opens at 9:00AM on Saturday. Tickets go on sale at 8:00AM. Otto is offering free baby stroller parking at the Carstens booth.
  by dcm74
 
Saturday's attendance was 11,441. Otto has avoided the baby strollers so far so he should still be standing tomorrow.
  by cnj1524
 
Did anyone go to the athearn booth??just wondering if they saw a GP40P there
  by Steve F45
 
didn't think athearn was doing a gp40p. they did announce a sd70m with flared radiators as there newest engine.
  by CNJ999
 
A bad back kept me from attending the show this year. Would anyone care to give an overview of what might have been of particular, or even general, interest that they noted as they wandered through the show? Any photos?

CNJ999
Last edited by CNJ999 on Mon Jan 27, 2014 8:42 pm, edited 1 time in total.
  by dcm74
 
A recount of Saturday's attendance came to 12,348 while Sunday was 8,691 for a two day total of 21,039.