Amherst Railway Society – Railroad Hobby Show 2016

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An O scale ALCO RS3 (? I don’t know my ALCO’s very well…) on an impressive modular switching layout.

I just returned from the 2016 Amherst Railway Society show in West Springfield, MA.  Last year I had to drive through a blizzard.  This year it reached 53 degrees on Sunday.

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Amherst Railway Society Railroad Hobby Show – 2015

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Rapido’s upcoming Amtrak F40PH on display at the Amherst Railway Society’s Railroad Hobby Show.

This past weekend I attended the Amherst Railway Society’s Railroad Hobby Show at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA. The RHS is the largest (in terms of square footage) model railroad related event in North America.  Most years it’s a pretty chaotic scene.  This year opening day coincided with a major snowstorm so apart from the harrowing drive there, it was pretty relaxed.  I didn’t hear the final attendance numbers, but they were definitely low.  I spent the weekend at the New England/Northeast RPM booth displaying some models and generally just hanging around.  I did manage to wander around a bit though and have included some photos below the cut.

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West Springfield 2011, SNCT #101 and a new project!

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John, Myself (In the Brooklyn hat) and Tom at the NERPM display.

For something like the 6th year in a row I attended the Amherst Railway Society’s Big Railroad Hobby Show in West Springfield, MA. Again I was at the New England Railroad Prototype Modelers table showing off some models. As always I spent way too much money. It was a nice show though, we had a good location in a decent, somewhat quiet corner of the Mallory Complex. Continue reading to see some of the models I had on display. Continue reading

2009 Amherst Railway Society – Railroad Hobby Show

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A very well built scene on a modular layout at the 2009 Railroad Hobby Show in West Springfield, MA.

I’ve been back from the 2009 Railroad Hobby Show for a couple of weeks now and have finally gotten some time to look through the photo’s I took and write down my thoughts about the event. The show was good, but I was more impressed with the 1/87 Vehicles meet that occurred on Saturday after the main show had ended. There was some seriously impressive modeling there, some of which I have photo’s of below the cut. Continue reading

Fast Trains, Slow Updates…

An Amtrak Acela floors it northbound through Kingston, RI.

Well, it’s been far too long since I’ve posted here, but as always the holidays left little time for much of anything having to do with trains. I’m pretty much all settled in for the new year now, so postings should continue pretty regularly, I’ve got a lot to add actually, photo’s from my trip home to Washington State last August, and from all my fall railfanning excursions, not to mention some shots of SNCT #101, and the P:87 turnout, for the moment though, here are two short video’s from a recent trip to Kingston, RI. Still photo’s just wouldn’t do the Acela justice when it’s moving at 150mph. Continue reading

2008 Amherst Railway Society – Railroad Hobby Show

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Railflyer Model Prototypes 43′ 6″ Wheelbase frame by Brian Banna, This will be for a Canadian wide cab SD40-2.

I spent this past weekend at the Amherst Railway Society’s Railroad Hobby Show in West Springfield. I don’t usually enjoy these shows very much as there always seems to be a lot of fluff, and not a lot of good modeling, this year proved to be a little different though. Continue reading