2019 National Train Show - Salt Lake City, Utah

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

Postby Bill Dixon » Sun Jul 28, 2019 8:49 pm

Except for running trains, our displays are rather static. Other scales have crossing signals, lighted cars, lighted buildings, etc.
We need to start adding a bit of this.
For crossing signals, perhaps a set of Model Power N-Scale lights would work. Repaint, make them stand a little taller, add a simple optical controller. Bell optional. With some bodging a set of gates could be made to work.
The flashing lights would probably be enough to start.

I have been contemplating simple signals at crossovers for some time. Doing them right with signals changing as each turnout is thrown takes a bit of logic. If the turnouts are slaved so they throw at the same time, it makes things much easier.
20190709_signals.jpg
I acquired these at Salt Lake City and are playing around with them to see what I can come up with.

Richard and I talked about a simple signal system spread over a handful of modules. Optical sensors at the end of each mainline on the modules, and signals facing in beside the sensors. Still very much in the doodling stage.
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Re: 2019 National Train Show - Salt Lake City, Utah

Postby RodTT » Mon Jul 29, 2019 4:34 am

My last couple of layouts have featured a smoking factory chimney - always pleases the kids.
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Re: 2019 National Train Show - Salt Lake City, Utah

Postby CFRiad » Mon Jul 29, 2019 1:11 pm

Bill Dixon wrote:Except for running trains, our displays are rather static. Other scales have crossing signals, lighted cars, lighted buildings, etc.
We need to start adding a bit of this.


I agree totally.

We should start a separate conversation about auxiliary power standards for TT-Tracks.
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Re: 2019 National Train Show - Salt Lake City, Utah

Postby Bill Dixon » Thu Aug 01, 2019 3:38 am

One of the things we decided at SLC was to change the way we cover the tables.
We have been buying cheap plastic table covers. And the operative work is CHEAP. The ones I purchased at Wally World were so flimsy they came pre holed and tore at the slightest sneeze.

The N-Scale T-Track layout beside us had fabric table covers. They looked good!
We are looking into this idea.
https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B008TLJMQ0/ref=twister_B01M0RHDI3?_encoding=UTF8&th=1
These look good. It would something else to carry and keep clean.
I would like to get them in Hunter Green, not currently available. We might go for Burgundy if the green ones are not going to be available for a while.
We think that 12 eight foot table covers and two six foot table covers would cover any reasonable sized display we would have.
They do cost a bit so we are looking for donations to the cause to acquire a set for the TT-Tracks display.
Is anybody willing to donate a few dollars to help defray the cost?
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Re: 2019 National Train Show - Salt Lake City, Utah

Postby Rich1853 » Thu Aug 01, 2019 5:41 am

I found this site,
https://gwlinens.com/collections/fitted ... 7AQAvD_BwE
they have Hunter Green listed in both the 8 and 6 foot lengths. The price is also cheaper.
Shipping quotes is listed only for the USA
free shipping over 150 USD
Edit: didn't notice that the currency noted in Bill's link is CDN$ and free shipping over 35 CDN$
And here is the Amazon's seller website
https://www.linentablecloth.com/search.html
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Re: 2019 National Train Show - Salt Lake City, Utah

Postby Bill Dixon » Fri Aug 02, 2019 5:25 pm

Bill Dixon wrote:One of the things we decided at SLC was to change the way we cover the tables.
. . .
I would like to get them in Hunter Green, not currently available. We might go for Burgundy if the green ones are not going to be available for a while.
We think that 12 eight foot table covers and two six foot table covers would cover any reasonable sized display we would have.
They do cost a bit so we are looking for donations to the cause to acquire a set for the TT-Tracks display.
Is anybody willing to donate a few dollars to help defray the cost?

Thank you to those who asked how to send money.
You can Paypal me at wrdixon@telus.net.
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Re: 2019 National Train Show - Salt Lake City, Utah

Postby Bill Dixon » Sun Aug 04, 2019 7:15 pm

A few more pictures of other layouts at Salt Lake City.
This Z-Scale layout belonged to one person.
20190711_Large Z-Scale.jpg
He had a LOT of lights in his harbour area.
He had an interesting way of levelling modules.
20190711_Z Setup.jpg
Those posts are sitting on the mainlines. Thee is a laser level in the background. One person watches the laser line on the post while another one adjusts the legs. A very slick idea.

Here is another large Z-Scale Layout from California.
20190711_BAZ Z Scale.jpg


In case you thought there were only large Z-Scale layouts there.
20190713_Z Scale T-Trak.jpg
Here is Z-Scale T-Trak.

And just for fun:
20190714_Fun Z-Scale.jpg
. There were some nice Z-Scale layouts there.
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Re: 2019 National Train Show - Salt Lake City, Utah

Postby Bill Dixon » Sun Aug 04, 2019 7:21 pm

Lets move up to N-Scale.
20190711_T Trak N Scale.jpg
N-Scale T-Trak. Notice the table coverings. I have since found out the the National T-Track organisation purchased 50 black table coverings for use in displays around the USA. They ship however many are needed to wherever the show is.

Interestingly with our layout, there were three different scales using the modules on the table top joined by Unijoiners (or the Z-Scale equivalent): N-Svael, S-Scale and out TT-Scale Layout.

There was a large N-Scale Free-Mo layout there.
20190711_Free Mo N Scale.jpg


I didn't see an N-Track layout there.
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Re: 2019 National Train Show - Salt Lake City, Utah

Postby Bill Dixon » Sun Aug 04, 2019 7:38 pm

Going larger:
20190713 HO Scale.jpg
One of several nice HO Scale layouts.

For European fans:
20190713_European.jpg
I wonder if we count as an European layout when we run European equipment?

There was a good sized HO Free-Mo layout in the North part of the display hall.

There was a large Kids area:
20190713_Kids Area.jpg

In the Southern part of the display hall there was a Ride In Thomas the Tank engine train setup.
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Re: 2019 National Train Show - Salt Lake City, Utah

Postby Bill Dixon » Sun Aug 04, 2019 8:09 pm

Still larger.
S-Gauge:
20190711_S Gauge.jpg


Several Tinplate layouts:
20190713_Lionel.jpg

20190713_TCA.jpg

This was in the corner of one of the larger Tin Plate layouts.
20190713_Mormon.jpg
Interestingly this is the only place I saw the book of Mormon. I expected to find copy in my Hotel room, but there was only a Gideons and I had to dig for that.

Last but not least:
20190711_LGB Layout.jpg
Adult LGB layouts. You can see our display in the background. There were several large LGB layouts in the hall. Mostly built by adults with some kids around.
So what did I miss? I don't recall seeing any G-Scale. HOn3 narrow gauge was on display at the BlackStone models area. There might have been some ' 'T-Scale' in the Z-Scale area, but I don't remember.

Except for the Z-Scale area, there were few small layouts. Most were our size or much larger.

As the show slips into the past, I find that the glow from the show is slowly fading. But many good memories remain. It was a good show.

I didn't mind the driving. Just get in the car and watch the world go by. Sometimes with music playing, but a lot of the time just silent. Right now it appears that 1000-1100 KM (620-680 miles) is my daily limit. A newer vehicle might allow me to push it a bit further. A lot depends on the roads. Washington State roads are brutal. Oregon, Idaho and Utah roads were better.

I must admit that St Louis is calling me but the distance and the cost.

One more posting about a new manufacturer and then we are done with Salt Lake City.
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