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Hi All,
I will be in Salt Lake City on the 15th and 16th of this month for business. I will have limited time available for myself but is there any hobby shops in the area I should try to go to? I would like to visit any shops that have old O gauge trains as well as any decent large scale shops. I have been told by co-workers that I have to go to the Cabela's store but that is the only non-business stop I have planned. Thanks for any tips!

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Steve,

If your trip doesn't include dinner at my house, I'll be gravely disappointed. We'd love to have you over!


As far as train shops go, It's hard to say.. I'm so used to not bothering with them anymore because they carry little to no large scale and what stock they do have never turns over. As far as O gauge, I can think of two places to visit. The first is near downtown on 400 south and 500 east, The Train Shoppe. They carry quite a bit of O gauge. MRS hobby in Sandy at 9400 south and 700 east also carries a good selection of O gauge. That's really it for the metro SLC area. If you want to go further north, Almost Junction in Clearfield. I never gut up that way, so it's been years since I've been to that store, but I hear they carry a good selection of large scale. Down south in the Orem area is Hobby Stop, but they are mostly HO.


Cabela's is cool to visit, especially if you're into hunting and fishing and stuff. They have a lot of cool stuffed animals. Our girls regularly ask if we can go there to look at all the animals. They find it fascinating. The Gatway Mall downtown was built around the old UP main station. The station is still there and houses some restaurants and shops. Where exactly in SLC will you be staying?
 

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I try to make the pilgrimage to Almosta Junction about once a year. I was up there a few months ago. The place itself is a dump, but he does have the biggest selection of large scale in Utah.

If you make it by MRS in Sandy you'll be about a mile or so from my house. Let me know if you're going to be in the hood..

Cabella is a neat store, if your in the hook and bullet crowd. If you are more into the "Leave no trace" outdoor scene drop in REI ( www.REI.com ) at the corner of 3300 South and 3300 East in SLC. Who know's, you may find a Large scale train enthusiast working in the bike and ski department.
 

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if you cant find anything to do with trains. The City it self is beautiful. I had a customer years a go take me to Temple Squar. It was all decorated for X mass.

I had to say there over the week end I made it up to Promatory. What a trip to see where History was made.
 

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Thanks for the tips guys. I'll have to see how my schedule is as to what stores I make it to. If my schedule allows it, I would love to have dinner with you and the family Shad. I should be in town around 10 or 10:30 monday and I'll call ya sometime after that. I'm staying at the Holiday Inn Express Suites on North 2100 West(what's up with all the numbers and directions for an address anyway??). I'll be in town to visit our Service Center on West 2100 South in West Valley. Thank god for Never Lost in the rental car! I just hope there won't be too much snow, this California boy isn't used to that!

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We did get a good sized snowstorm yesterday and last night. roads should be OK by Monday.

The address system here is quite easy and logical actually. It's basically the Cartesian coordinate system that you learned in high school. Temple square is the origin: (0, 0) in ordered pairs. City blocks are numberd by 100's. One block south of Temple Square, street name is 100 South. 33 block south of Temple square is 3300 south. Same goes for east, west and north. My workplace is 3285 East, 3300 South. So, I'm 33 blocks south of Temple Square and about 33 blocks east as well. One mile is roughly 8 city blocks.

Clear as mud ???
 
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