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Well, after that long drive:rolleyes:, I arrived about 1 PM.



Look aross th street



Walk into the Lobby an found a couple of real friendly people - John Corradini and JJ.




I'll start a new post for each day and post pictures while I'm here.

Tommy:cool:
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Mike Nelson and I got here about 3 and found this hard working (?) group hanging around the live steam track..... Howard, Bob, Ms Daisy and Jackie...

The LS track supports coming out of Bob's van awaiting some action.....

Then I snuck in the exhibitors hall and found the MLS booth ready for the invasion.

Tommy will post some of the action of the live steam setup.... I was busy working as the images will show... Right Tommy..... :):D;)/DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/blush.gif
 

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Here’s some pictures from the first day of setting up the Live Steam Track at BTS.

We are located just east of the Convention Center’s south entrance (just off of Holt Blvd).


The area where the track will be setup is just a blank pallet waiting for the artist’s brush.


Bob Starr and Jackie arriving with the track and their trailer in tow.


And after about 3 hours of assembly, the track sections are having the individual rails joined by Stan, Mike and John.



A well deserved break. Bob, Jackie, Ms Daisy, Dwight, Tommy, and JJ.


And finally some official excitement brought to us by the Convention Center officials, which seems to always be lurking in the wings....”you can’t have an occupied trailer parked here” (a local city ordinance)


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More images.... What you'll see when you enter the Convention Center..



Y and Jason....



Richard Schmidts modular layout being delivered to the show.



Stored against the wall..... That sure is a great way to have it delivered....



Richard working to get their highly detailed narrow gauge modular layout set up for the opening of the show.



Bob Baxter's Door Hollow modular in the first stages of setup..... MLS is very, very well represented......



The live steam booth is up and running without a hitch.


 

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More events of the day..... The out to dinner bunch..... All except John Corradini.



He went to the Bachmann "Bingo" banquet and was one of the winners. He took a nice tanker. The other Banquet cars were gondolas lettering with "BINGO" on them.



On the way to the banquet, we stopped at the MLS booth which is ready for the show tomorrow....

 

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Then there was a second day at the live steam track!!
5 canopies were setup to get some shade in the right places. The convention center supplied tables & chairs.


Let the games begin.
Mark Kelly fires up his Aster.


Bob Starr Locomotive awaiting entry on to the main.


Dwight running his Cab Forward on the inside track.


Howard’s Forney approaching Dwight’s Cab Forward sitting on the steam-up siding.


Right out-of-the-box, Dwight prepares to run his new Accucraft Loco.


Bill’s Mich-Cal Shay makes the rounds.


And lastly Howard’s Cricket Mark II gearing its way around the course.


And the BTS hasn’t even opened yet!!
 

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Saturday at the steam track:
Bill’s Mich-Cal Shay pulling 10 sets of logging disconnects sans any logs.

Dwight’s 4-4-0 pulling passenger cars, thanks to Accucraft’s Cliff.


SteveC’s “TOBY”

Dwight’s one-of-a-kind Cab Forward pulling Howard’s backwoods work train cars.

Howard’s Cricket waiting to enter the outside mainline.


Lots of other Locomotives made the rounds today....I just missed them.
Onto Sunday.
 

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The first "official" morning of the show.

Our Starr Live Steamer..... :)



JJ putting the risers together for the MLS Booth.....



Steve, Y and Jason in the booth. I'll get Shad and Melony tomorrow...



Some of the MLS exhibitors and layouts..... More to follow

Jonathan and Laura...



Eaglewings Ironcraft...



Phil Jensen and Hartland



The Door Hollow Gang.... Bob and Sandra Baxter with Don Gage.



Sundance Central with Richard Schmidt and the gang....



And a very pleasant surprise. Our Interurban took first place in the Kitbashing Self propelled catagory.... /DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/hehe.gif:):D

 

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To finish up the images from Sunday at the BTS.....

Shad and Melony....



Rany Bryne and his wife in the PCGRS booth



More live steam track images.....

Dwight fixin' the Heisler....



Bill makin' sure he does it right.....



Bob, Dwight and Bill......



Bob, Dwight and Angus Coulter. A live steam wanabee from Vancouver BC.



More live steam participants.....

 

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I ended up with three raffle prizes this year, a Bachmann tank car, a USA reefer, and a miniature plant! (Like shooting fish in a barrel, but I thought I would leave some for the rest of you.) They were personally delivered to my house yesterday. What a great show! :cool:
 
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