For me, the show is just far enough away that I would have to rent a hotel for the weekend. I suppose it's different when we go down to York, PA because it is a large scale-only event. Perhaps there are enough members who live closer to Springfield now that we could consider having a display, but I think we are a ways off from wanting to bring down Big Green.
We do very well with the small local shows....they usual support a local cause or group...and they're much less stressful to attend.
I don't think there is anything scheduled for live steam until York, PA in the end of March...with Milford, NH shortly thereafter. There's usually a Manchester NH show, but I don't know if you can steam there. Come to the next meeting, you never know if someone might try to have an outdoor gathering. It can be tough this time of year due to iced track conditions....it's also hard to keep the butane flowing without warm water around the fuel tank.
Dont worry Manchester is the next town over from me so i most likely will attend the meeting! Yah i have learned about the butane flowing part every time i have steamed outside... takes 5 to 8 minutes untiill the pressure guage moves, i try to help by shaking the engine a little to get the fuel flowing but it still takes that long. Cant wait till warmer weather! So is the Evergreen at the Milford show?
We haven't done evergreen at Milford the last couple years. The show is in April, so perhaps they might be more likely to set it up. It's kind of risk to leave it setup overnight outside...so that may be a factor.
Great to hear you're coming up with your modules! I have some family commitments that will likely keep me from bringing mine this year, but I hope to attend.
oh that stinks, at least theres the little green. Im heading to the Springfield show and i kinda wish i could bring my loco to steam up there but i dont think there is any large scale steam groups there.
I am down here in little Rhody, from looking around on line this looks to be about the closest club to me.
I have a fairly decent collection of trains and used to have a pretty nice outdoor layout but after getting divorced a few years back that took care of me having that!
Anyway, getting the itch to get back into it again and have found that the interest level in G-scale down here has really dried up.
The few local stores that used to have some G-scale in stock have either nothing, or the same old stock they had when I was buying stuff 7+ years ago!
Never messed with steam, just electric powered.
Would like to get out and see some trains run (including mine!) on a layout somewhere, maybe I can hook up with someone or catch a meeting some time.
And by the way....what the **** happened with the price on track!!? Good thing I salvaged mine after tearing apart my old layout.
Welcome back to large scale! I hope you can come up and join us for a meeting or even our big show at Milford, NH. We can easily cure you of your lack of live steam! (sparkies are more than welcome too) You would have a good chance at running your trains at Milford.
I think the track situation arose mainly from the increased price of copper and oil. Both materials, brass and plastic were affected, plus the oil cost of production and delivery. Combine that with the LGB collapse, perhaps resulting in a shortage of track...and an increase in demand of other brands.