A friend of mine was trying to get a club started in the Springfield area. There is a hobby shop with G scale in West Springfield called Pioneer Valley Hobbies. Dennis, the owner is a good guy. There is also a ride-on/live steam group out there.
I'd like to find a group in Western MA or Northern CT that runs (or can run with) live steam. Does the CT group you mention include any live steamers? BTW, Pioneer Valley LS club is trying to get started in G1, but I don't think they're that far along.
I'm the only steamer in the group so far. I'm the host on the Sept 14th and would love to have another steamer along.
I've two tracks. One raised bed with 7' radius and a portable track ala Dr. Tom.
Come on down and help fill up the afternoon.
I'm in Central Massachusetts. Not to many sources here in Mass. Outside of Charlie Ro's, I haven't found anything either. Nice to hear however there might be a leed for you out in Springfield. Good luck let us know what you find.
Pioneer Valley Hobbies in West Springfield carries some G scale stuff, as does Time Machine Hobbies in Manchester, CT. I did speak with Dennis (owner of PV Hobbies) about gauge 1 at the Pioneer Valley Live Steamers in Southwick. G1 appears to be the province of a very small subgroup, seems to go in fits and starts. They did have a raised track for a while, I've been told it's been taken down (or moved).
Otherwise, it's pretty sparse in Western Mass for Gauge One. I've been in contact with Don Jackson (head honcho of the Down East Steam Guild) about that group...they're mostly based in Eastern MA. See the post in the Live Steam section about a recent get-together.
The Hudson Valley Large Scale Railroad club is for the most part based in Dover Plains,NY about an hour south of you off NYS Rte 22 in Easter Dutchess County, We run weekly weather permitting at my house, You can e-mail me at [email protected] with any questions