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    • April 18, 2018 9:20 PM EDT
    • Bob McCown said:
      Vincent D'Agostino said:

      Just asking a question..

      With the dwindling support for this show by vendors & patrons why not just merge it with the TCA show that always follows a few weeks later at the same venue?

      It is a much bigger show, with much better attendance... and has some of the same vendors already attending it.

      I asked that question this year, and was told that they did approach the owners of TCA about doing that, and were told a resounding "no way, no how, never".  

       

      That's hearsay, of course, FWIW.

      Told ya' so

    • April 18, 2018 6:55 PM EDT
    • Well, I like having a just large scale show. That way I don't have to play hide and seek with the large scale stuff scattered in amongst the other scales.

       

      The TCA folks tend to be, well they are kind of.....To exclude people (customers) from vendors just because they didn't pay dues, just seams a bit....

       

      Ok.

    • April 18, 2018 1:46 PM EDT
    • Bob McCown said:

      I asked that question this year, and was told that they did approach the owners of TCA about doing that, and were told a resounding "no way, no how, never".  

       

      That's hearsay, of course, FWIW.

      I find it hard to believe that if there is vendor space available (which there may or may not be) that someone would be refused to occupy it, but who knows!

      Maybe they are just trying to get into the non-TCA vendor hall that is the issue?

      I know some building during the TCA show you have to be a member to have access.

      For myself, especially since I started collecting some O-scale, the TCA show is of more interest to me now seeing as I own just about all the large scale pieces I want.. unless something or some manufacturer actually builds a new model I am interested in.

    • April 18, 2018 1:35 PM EDT
    • Vincent D'Agostino said:

      Just asking a question..

      With the dwindling support for this show by vendors & patrons why not just merge it with the TCA show that always follows a few weeks later at the same venue?

      It is a much bigger show, with much better attendance... and has some of the same vendors already attending it.

      I asked that question this year, and was told that they did approach the owners of TCA about doing that, and were told a resounding "no way, no how, never".  

       

      That's hearsay, of course, FWIW.

    • April 18, 2018 1:25 PM EDT
    • Just asking a question..

      With the dwindling support for this show by vendors & patrons why not just merge it with the TCA show that always follows a few weeks later at the same venue?

      It is a much bigger show, with much better attendance... and has some of the same vendors already attending it.

    • April 18, 2018 3:06 PM EDT
    • Your welcome to stop by anytime, Vinny. 

    • April 18, 2018 1:20 PM EDT
    • If this event was for this coming weekend Penny & I would have stopped by on our way home from Virginia this Sunday!

      Have a great time.

    • April 18, 2018 9:53 AM EDT
    • I got that off the "Weather Channel" site. They seem a bit more accurate then what the networks come up with. 

    • April 18, 2018 8:54 AM EDT
    • Ken Brunt said:

      We got a week and a half to go, Bruce. Anythings possible.

      But............the plows are ready................

      I do like the forecast - sounds about perfect.   But, around here they can't correctly predict the next hour, so I don't trust them very much at all for any extended forecast.

       

    • April 18, 2018 8:40 AM EDT
    • We got a week and a half to go, Bruce. Anythings possible.

      But............the plows are ready................

    • April 18, 2018 8:08 AM EDT
    • Ken Brunt said:
      FRI
       
      APR 27
      Mostly Sunny
      64°48°
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      W 11 mph 
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      APR 28
      Partly Cloudy
      66°51°
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      APR 29
      Mostly Sunny
      68°51°
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      WNW 12 mph

      Wait!  No SNOW?   Are you sure????

    • April 18, 2018 6:48 AM EDT
    • FRI
       
      APR 27
      Mostly Sunny
      64°48°
      20%
      W 11 mph  
      SAT
       
      APR 28
      Partly Cloudy
      66°51°
      20%
      W 11 mph  
      SUN
       
      APR 29
      Mostly Sunny
      68°51°
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      WNW 12 mph

    • April 16, 2018 11:03 AM EDT
    • Ken,  Hope you all have a great day......

    • April 16, 2018 9:18 AM EDT
    • Temps look to be in the high 60's/low 70's, but that could change...............

    • April 16, 2018 8:02 AM EDT
    • Time to get at this, getting equipment ready and looking forward to seeing everyone.

    • April 16, 2018 7:28 PM EDT
    • Thousands more were enlightened about 'model Railroading' this past weekend here in YYC at the annual SUPERTRAIN show hosted/organized by the CMRS (volunteers all)  ....

       

      And  the previously mentioned "Cdn vendor" is NOT closing out ... just another moment recognized by them that SUPERTRAIN is a excellent opportunity to thin out some of their existing stock at special show pricing to make room for the likes of the limited CN mrkd  PIKO  locomotive (sorry i forgot which one) remaining units now exclusive from their shop,   and upcoming new product shipments from PIKO !

       

      And over at field 1,  Piko rep Daniel (?) was available to answer your questions within the PIKO g-gauge section of the HobbyTech (Canada) extensive booth space.    

      !He was only given the 3D model of the upcoming track cleaner to handle while answering any questions you may have had,  nor did the shipping dept. pack/send up the latest european steamer !

       

       

      For now (i did take a few pics but due to family matters will not process to post somewheres for at least a couple wks),

      doug

       

       

      p.s. my wallet is depressingly (?) lighter  but geeez i could not walk away from a (bulk) purchase of 4 USAT tankers ($80ea ), bulk purchase 3- AML bethgons (70ea), hobbygear details day 2 -5/$10;  aristo gon detail p/n60405 $3ea; aristo parallel track adapter p/n30375 $6.25 . . . . for peoples who eyes just popped at the low prices on something YOU would ah could ah --- tsk tsk maybe next yr at SUPERTRAIN 2019 April 13-14th same venue !!   ;)

       

      pps noted $s Canadian  !

      https://www.bankofcanada.ca/rates/exchange/currency-converter/

       

       

      BTW please don't 'whine' about distance,  I've made it to 2 ECLSTSs, 1 MWLSTS, 1 BTS from this location, till deciding travel $ best spent on hardware !!

      edit.... oh sorry those were LSTSs  not IASTSs which this show is and i would not travel out-of-country for a ASTS :)

       

       

       

    • April 16, 2018 6:40 PM EDT
    • Hollywood will be there so attendance should at least double. :)

      Well.....

       

      Only if he is awake.

    • April 16, 2018 6:30 PM EDT
    • Yeah we had one in Tulsa last year too Cliff. It was only attended by me. At least I did not have to worry about running out of pizza....or standing in line to get pizza....or finding a chair so I could sit down and eat pizza. Of course I was the only one that brought anything to show...so plenty of table space for my brag.

       

      I have high hopes for a better turn out this year.  Hollywood will be there so attendance should at least double. :)

    • April 16, 2018 4:41 PM EDT
    • There's a D&B in GA??

      Not fair... 

       

    • April 16, 2018 2:44 PM EDT
    • If you like scenic railroads Tuesday is for you.

       

      This excursion is around the TVRM Hiwassee Loop. It includes a 47-mile rail trip along the Hiwassee River pulled behind a diesel locomotive. The trip will travel over historic loops of the former L&N mainline rail, part of the old Cincinnati-to-Atlanta route.

      Passengers can view the beautiful Hiwassee River and Gorge as the train follows the river around the “Hiwassee Loop.” The loop corkscrews up the mountains passing over a bridge 62 feet above the tracks on which the train passengers have just traveled. Hmmm  sort of like a giant garden railway. The Loop is reputed to be the third longest rail loop in the world. The train travels across the “Old Line,” a railroad that was carved into the mountains and river gorge in 1890 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. After the Loop, the train travels down to the historic copper mining town of Copperhill, TN, where passengers will step out of the train for 2 hours of exploring antique stores and gift shops.

       

      Let the spouse spend freely here....you will be able to use it as leverage when the vendor displays open.....

       

      This video is provided by Mark Taylor (an aspiring documentarian). He uses three different cameras including drones to catch the action.

       

       

      Hollywood and I will not be on this excursion. As mentioned earlier we are heading down to Andersonville Prison Historical Site (we got room for more people if you want to join in) where we will indulge our Civil War buff appetite.

       

      Andersonville Prison

       

      The Camp Sumter military prison at Andersonville was one of the largest Confederate military prisons during the Civil War. Constructed late in 1864 it operated for only 14 months before the war ended. Built to hold 10,000 men, more than 45,000 Union soldiers were confined there at its highest occupancy. Of these, almost 13,000 died from disease, abuse and murder. The commanding officer, Captain Henry Wirz, was one of only two people convicted of war crimes. He was hung on November 10, 1865. Today, Andersonville National Historic Site is a memorial to all American Prisoners Of War throughout the nation's history. You can check out the website here: https://www.nps.gov/ande/index.htm

       

       

      The story of the prisoners was made famous in the movie "Andersonville", one of Ted Turners pet projects. Some dramatic license but very much worth the watch.

       

       

      For lunch we are heading over to the little cafe in Andersonville and a visit to the Drummer Boy Museum.

       

       

      Tuesday night will also be the Drag and Brag. More later on location and time for this.

       

      The clock is ticking....better get those tickets...... You know you want to.