GATS Show, Indianapolis

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by jon-monon, Sep 19, 2002.

  1. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    Anyone goin' to the GATS show in Indy this year? Oct 19 and 20 me thinks. I'm undecided.

  2. marty w.

    marty w. Member

    Depends on what is going on at work and home that weekend.
    I will not know until the day of the show.
  3. Jim de Bree

    Jim de Bree Member

    Based on my experiece at our local GATS show last month, I wouldn't bother. The shows are not nearly as good as they used to be.
  4. Roger Hensley

    Roger Hensley Member

    Yes, I'll be there part of both days at the NMRA booth location. And I agree that the shows aren't nearly as good as they used to be, but I think that the Fall show is better than the January show.
  5. Vic

    Vic Active Member

    I've just plain quit going to the big shows....nothing but the same dealers....the same merchandise and everybody trying to grab a buck.

    The smaller shows are still great!:D ....Buy, Sell, Swap, Bargain and Haggle:D :D :D :D I'll be hitting one in Dothan AL next week end if we don't get socked by Hurricane Isadore:eek:
  6. Jim de Bree

    Jim de Bree Member


    Things must be a lot different in the south. I went to the GATS show in Ventura, California which is about an hour and a half up the coast from LA. Not a large show--it was terrible.

    A friend of mine went to the GATS show in Victorville, a medium sized town in the Mojave desert between LA & Vegas. His experience was comparable to mine.

    The vendors had a very limited selection of stuff at or near list price (one guy was actually trying to sell stuff at prices in excess of Walthers catalog price). eek: The only other stuff was broken down junk that was pricey as well. No interesting vendors and very mediocre layouts.::confused:

    I hate to sound like such a downer, but based on the experiences of several local modelers, it was not worht the price of admission.:(

  7. Vic

    Vic Active Member

    Hi Jim, Yep we have us a good 'ol time:D :D :D at the small shows in Alabama and N. Florida. Usually its a club or just a group of folks that put them on. We even have one here in Feb. We all bring our junk and "don't wants" and make a day of it. Come on down sometimes and railroad with "Bubba" and the rest of the Rednecks:D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
  8. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

    And have an orange coke :D :D :D

    jon(who used to live down thataway, and wishes he still did)
  9. t. alexander

    t. alexander Member

    Vic, where abouts is the show at Dothan? Wondering if it's to far to trust my trusty semi contankerous jeep with lots of "I think I can attitude ;)

  10. Vic

    Vic Active Member

    Hi T, The show will be at the fairgrounds where they hold the peanut festival. Its on US231 South outside of Dothan. I forget the name of the place but its huge and you can't miss it.

    Not to be discouraging but that's gonna be a 650 + mile round trip for you. :( Its only about a 150 mile round trip for me:) Its a very small show and you might be disappointed. If the weather turns sour because of the hurricane in the gulf then it will be a "bust":(

    Directions: I-75 to Atlanta. I-85 South to Opelika, AL. Pickup US 280/431 South to Phenix City AL. Take US 431 South to Dothan and pick up US231 South toward Panama City, FL. Fairgrounds is on the right outside of Dothan.
  11. t. alexander

    t. alexander Member

    Oop's....never mind. :D

  12. Vic

    Vic Active Member

    Hi T, :D :D :D Don't blame you a bit!!! I wouldn't drive that either:D :D :D

    Maybe we can get together at one of the shows in Marietta or Atlanta....that's about equal distance for the both of us.
  13. t. alexander

    t. alexander Member

    Vic, I don't read the mags as much a I should mabey and I don't belong to any clubs or orgs so I'm out of touch as far as shows go. You'll have to let me know if something comes up.

  14. Vic

    Vic Active Member

    Trainshow Report

    Hi T, Well the show in Dothan was pretty good although there was no narrow gauge stuff this time. Seems that the predominate scale this time was N scale...boy was there a ton of that there.:D Turn out was a bit low...probably due to the weather earlier in the week as Dothan is only about 60 miles from the Gulf Coast.

    I managed to pick up a bag full of Grandt Line details parts real cheap and some 6 position rotary switches that I had been looking for. Had a good time and got to see some folks I hadn't seen in awhile. Spent more for lunch than I did on trains!!:D :D :D
  15. t. alexander

    t. alexander Member

    Vic, sounds like a day well spent.
    Funny how those "do's" are all about lunch. At least to my wife.:D she won't step foot in the local hobby shop but the last train show I drug her to she had a great time at. I ended up spending my mad money on a Nscale loco and bag full of track that she just had to have. Oh and then it was time for a resturant!
    :rolleyes: :D

  16. marty w.

    marty w. Member

    Yep, I will be going Saturday.

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