Question of the day, 11-21- train shows

Discussion in 'The Caboose' started by ezdays, Nov 21, 2006.

  1. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    Here's are question for today, we all are interested in models and trains of sort, old or new, so:

    Do you go to train shows or train swap meets? If you do go, do you attend once-in-a-while or do you try to get to them all? What's the longest distance you have to drive to get there?
  2. oldtanker

    oldtanker Member

    I'm going to my first in St Cloud Mn on the 2nd of Dec. It's about 90 miles. Now that I'm back in the hobby I can see myself going as far as the Twin Cities for one.

  3. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    I drove past a few this weekend that were a good 4-5 hour drive from home... :( :cry:

    The furthest I have gone regularly (i.e. annual shows) is about 1/2 hour drive or less than 50km.

  4. ezdays

    ezdays Out AZ way

    I try to go to every local show I can. The longest I have driven is the one up in Prescott which is about 100 miles and two hours away. Both the one up in Adobe Mountain RR park and the one up on Central Ave. in Phoenix are about a 45 minute drive. There hasn't been a national show here in a good four years and I'm waiting for one of them to show up.
  5. lionelfan

    lionelfan Member

    Luckly there are a number of trainshows/swapmeets in greater Cleveland Ohio area, so I do not need to travel far. I try to go to a few, trouble is some are close in dates and the same vendors are at each show, so you see the same merchandise again. I would say I go to 5-6 shows from October to April.
  6. Iron Goat

    Iron Goat Member

    Kansas City is fortunate to have about 6 shows locally each year, and I try to make all of them, and the farthest I have driven to another show, is to the St. Louis Divisional NMRA show. The Divisional/Regional NMRA shows seem to be the best bang for the buck, so far.

  7. Stuart

    Stuart New Member


    I try and go to all I can but sometimes I can't, Hmm traveled to a show would be about 600kms.. had nothing to do that week-end, great show but..

  8. jetrock

    jetrock Member

    I try to make it to the big annual show which happens around 10 miles away, and sometimes to the smaller club show, about the same distance, although next year I may be there as a vendor rather than as a shopper. I doubt I would drive very far away just to go to a train show, but if I happened to be in town that weekend anyhow I might schedule things so I can visit...
  9. Play-Doh

    Play-Doh Member

    Living here in Portalnd OR I assumed they would be more frequent. I called my LHS today to ask them when and where the next one is and was told that they are few and far between here. Not one scheduled till next march.
  10. Jim Krause

    Jim Krause Active Member

    There are three annual train shows/swapmeets here in Montana that I know of. The closest is 70 miles from home the one in Billings is 350 miles. I occasionally make it to the closest one. Typical driving distances in this part of the country.
  11. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    If you look at Chris's thread you can see that I go to shows.
    Farthest I've driven? 250 miles or so to Ottawa -- made a weekend of that.
    I've gone to trains shows in Florida, but that wasan extra on the trip.
    I've taken the train for 3 days to go to a NMRA convention.
  12. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

    The Big E show in Springfield Mass.
    About 45 minutes away. I go to Cheshire show once in awhile.
  13. 65GASSER

    65GASSER Member

    I've never been to a show but I am planning on attending the next one at the Cotton Belt Museum here in Pine Bluff, AR. I love going there, old steamer 819 is a awesome site to see! The museum is the same building the 819 was built in, its just awesome to see it all.
    Sorry I kinda got off subject there. :D
  14. Never been to a show -- I don't have much interest in the equipment/commercial side of the hobby...
    (If I have two good running locos and a few cars, I'm a Happy Man!)
  15. Collyn

    Collyn Member

  16. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    I go to the swap meet held annually at the Minnesota Fair Grounds and sometimes to meets at the Woodbury high school. I like finding deals. This year's Fair Ground meet had some operating layouts including a cool modular one with local scenes faitfully represented.
  17. Illus

    Illus Member

    I feel lucky! We usually have 6 or 7 shows a year here! I mean small, local shows, not the arena sized Greatest Hobby show, but smaller church filling, or school gym shows. Usually only $2 or $3 entry. I am planning on going to one this weekend, if time allows. I usually drive 20 or 30 minutes. I haven't been to one since I converted from O gauge to HO, so my wife will be going to rein me in:)
  18. oldtanker

    oldtanker Member

    Ralph, can you let me know when the next one is?

  19. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    Sure thing Rick! The State Fair Show is usually in October.
  20. I went to one in Memphis three years ago and............ it sucked.
    Went to nashville two years ago and it sucked worse than memphis.

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