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I bumped into Bill on his way out yesterday and told him he could be the first guy to post pics if he hurried! He didn't waste any time. (Bill, I'm going to post one of yours over in Live Steam when I finish this.)
I had a very pleasant day splitting my time between running my live steamer on the Aikenback track, admiring Doc's coach on Clems layout, and wandering around all the vendor stands. (I was looking for paint, but all I found was boxes and boxes of trains.)
Starting with the steam, here's my EBT #7 (actually a fake - it's a C-16 but EBT had a C-19, which is much larger.)
Someone had been shopping, from the number of bags under the track...
Here's the Jolly Green Giant on the Warrior Run (Clem's) layout. That's Jack Thompson (Bigdude65) in the left background. My combine and boxcar did a quick shuffle from Aikenback to Warrior Run for this.
Then DocWatson's business car was there for all to admire, and we did:
Clem's track was busy!
Some of the other sights that caught my eye. Don't try this at home:
There were at least 3 circuses - maybe more! This one had a complete 3-ring setup, with twirling acrobats:
And finally, despite being a train show, we had a major car show going on:
yes the attendance looks skimpy but what I was going to ask was when were the pics taken !?
'cause whenever I'm wandering round taking pics (be it still or vid) .. the best times to take pics is first thing in the a.m. or later p.m. when ya don't have to worry about peoples stepping in front of your lens or me inadvertently getting in fornt of someone else (then apologies back and forth ) ! I hope that was the case here 'cause if attendance was bad AC will be reconsidering (understandably) the feasibility of underwriting a fall show
I'm sure ya all had a GREAT time though. One of these yrs I hope to make it down again
OH, YES ----- THANKS for taking the time to share your pics with us !!!
Thanks for providing the pixes! What type/kind/brand or whatever does that 2-6-0 with the last set of drivers behind the firebox represent? #12 on tender. I thought that was the coolest of the bunch, though the inclined plane RR was pretty neat, too.
Thanks much for the info. I wish I could afford one of those, but that's out for awhile. The cog railway, however, set me to thinking. Briefly, I'm turning over in the back of my mind the notion of a dual level layout. Not liking spirals (switchbacks are okay--though I hear they're troublesome) it struck me that right there was a prototypical way of gaining altitude & acess, so to speak.
I visited on Saturday, from about 12:15 to 4:30pm, and I thought attendance was definitely lighter than previous years. I did enjoy a visit with Axel and Joann Tillman at the Train-Li booth, and bought some items from them as well. They are top notch folks in my book. I am always amazed at Trainworlds' refusal to accept plastic payment at these shows. Like I'm going to carry hundred's of dollars of cash in 2009? This is not a local flea market. They have lost hundresd's of $$ of sales from me because of that policy. Yes I spent it elsewhere - St.Aubin's, Star Hobby, RLD to mention a few. Rich Yoder had his gorgeous EBT Mikados and hoppers there (I finally received my Mikado #15 in January). There were two EBT Mikados also running beautifully on the Warrior Run layout; Roger Cutter installed Phoenix cards into them with the Mikado sound tracks - great!
I was a smidge disappointed that neither Bachmann nor Silvergate were at the show, although it was not a surprise since neither was listed on the vendor list that was posted on the ECLSTS website. Got my first look at the Piko starter set and was disappointed by the cheap looking plastic side rods on the loco. C'mon Piko, you have a good heritage and can do better.
And Yogi was there - doing his thing, with Mrs. sitting faithfully nearby..