2019 National Train Show - Salt Lake City, Utah

Re: 2019 National Train Show - Salt Lake City, Utah

Postby Richard-B » Thu Jul 18, 2019 3:24 pm

CFRiad wrote:ohn Abatecola from the TSG Multimedia YouTube Channel also filmed our layout, but he had lots of questions and we did a little presentation/interview segment. I will check the channel periodically and will let you know when the video will be available.
John (TSG) is from the SF Bay Area...
We exchanged contact into and will follow up on the North Amercian TT topic...

Also had an extended discussion with the staff at MRH... stay tuned!
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Re: 2019 National Train Show - Salt Lake City, Utah

Postby ConducTTor » Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:07 pm

I'm tuned!!!


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Re: 2019 National Train Show - Salt Lake City, Utah

Postby dileTTante » Thu Jul 18, 2019 7:44 pm

ConducTTor wrote:Perhaps there's another Rheingold set with lit cars in NA ;)
Good to know. The more the better. I had a feeling I was overstating the case. Can I say that mine's the only one with passengers in the dome car?
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Re: 2019 National Train Show - Salt Lake City, Utah

Postby ConducTTor » Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:58 pm

LOL yes you can probably say that


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Re: 2019 National Train Show - Salt Lake City, Utah

Postby CFRiad » Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:38 pm

My Rheingold is bigger than yours...
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Re: 2019 National Train Show - Salt Lake City, Utah

Postby CFRiad » Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:10 am

Here are my thoughts about the show.

It was a very good show. The interest in TT from modellers was remarkable. Many more people know of us and of TT scale today than in Indianapolis three years ago. Not sure what the public numbers were, but I had the impression that there weren't many visitors. The public we had, though, was very well behaved and there were only two notable child proximity derailments in three days.

The layout was easier to set up than usual due to the new, flat tables. The tablecloth made a difference and, as Bill said, we have to look into a better solution when we have some cash to spare. The large teardrop turn-back loops are a big improvement. Using one of the folding loops in the staging yard is also a step up. The trains ran well, but some of the SW1200's started to show they age. I have three that need maintenance.

I chatted with a lot of visitors to our tables about TT and about model trains in general while Bill and Richard did a lot of networking.

The show organizers were really helpful and friendly. They tried to accommodate our request as much as they could.

The city has a cool vibe to it that surprised me. Their public transportation is very good, the restaurants had good food if you strayed away from the big chains and explored a bit. The folks at the LDS temple grounds were very chill. The rehearsal of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir was totally worth going to.

The drawback: the heat. It was 38°-40° every day with a blazing sun and nowhere to hide. Mind you, we, ocean people, find everything hotter that 20° extremely hot and we need rain to survive.

So, was it worth it? Totally. Would I do it again? Hell, yeah! Am I planning to go to Saint Louis next year? Maaaaybe... not... A 2000 km drive is the most I would consider. So 2021 in Santa Clara, baby.
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Re: 2019 National Train Show - Salt Lake City, Utah

Postby CFRiad » Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:18 am

Thanks everyone -- Bill, Richard, Terry -- for making the effort to build modules, showing up and helping with the setup and running of the layout. Thanks Voytek for sending his beautiful modules to the show. And thanks the TT-nut community for your interest and encouragement.
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Re: 2019 National Train Show - Salt Lake City, Utah

Postby Richard-B » Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:46 am

CFRiad wrote:<snip> So 2021 in Santa Clara, baby.
Hmm... Lets see:
NTS 2020 St Louis - 2086 miles East
NTS 2021 Santa Clara - 28.7 miles South.

YMMV - Let me get out my slide-rule...
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Re: 2019 National Train Show - Salt Lake City, Utah

Postby Richard-B » Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:56 am

CFRiad wrote:Thanks everyone
...and especially to Tibi, who had the added fun of towing a trailer for almost 1000 miles each way...
whereas I was able to set the cruise control at 84mph for a good chunk of my 750 miles!
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Re: 2019 National Train Show - Salt Lake City, Utah

Postby Bill Dixon » Fri Jul 19, 2019 2:53 am

CFRiad wrote:Here are my thoughts about the show.

. . .
So, was it worth it? Totally. Would I do it again? Hell, yeah! Am I planning to go to Saint Louis next year? Maaaaybe... not... A 2000 km drive is the most I would consider. So 2021 in Santa Clara, baby.


It's only 33 hours and 3,558 km from your front door to St. Louis. Three and a half days easy - - - and two days to recover before the show starts. Maybe a bit much. Have to have a really compelling reason to go there.

Now Santa Clara is only 15 h 22 min (1,565 km) via I-5 S so much easier to do. It is about the same distance as we drove to Salt Lake City.
So yes Santa Clara in 2021.
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