54th Atlanta Model Train and Railroadania Show, Atlanta, GA

Re: 54th Atlanta Model Train and Railroadania Show, Atlanta,

Postby AstroGoat760 » Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:06 am

Here are some photos of the setup:
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Re: 54th Atlanta Model Train and Railroadania Show, Atlanta,

Postby AstroGoat760 » Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:32 pm

The motor went out in my N&W SW, but I brought spare trains:
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Re: 54th Atlanta Model Train and Railroadania Show, Atlanta,

Postby jmass » Sat Jan 20, 2018 6:33 pm

Looks great. Enjoy the show.
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Re: 54th Atlanta Model Train and Railroadania Show, Atlanta,

Postby AstroGoat760 » Sat Jan 20, 2018 7:49 pm

jmass wrote:Looks great. Enjoy the show.

Thanks, for the most part, I enjoyed the show. Look for a "Post-Mortem" of this particular show in the next few days.

I would do that now, but I just got home, and the van is still packed up pretty well.
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Re: 54th Atlanta Model Train and Railroadania Show, Atlanta,

Postby AstroGoat760 » Sun Jan 21, 2018 5:13 pm

Here is the "Post-Mortem" of the display and of the 54th Atlanta Model Train and Railroadania Show:

The Good
Two of the five motorized locomotives that I brought to the show ran pretty well flawlessly for almost 8 hours. Those being the modified BR107 and a BTTB Soviet-era loco that pulled a pair of matching CCCP cars.
I was able to demonstrate three running loops of TT scale track, along with the display boards that were made in 2009 and 2012, respectively.

The Bad
Two of the locomotives that I brought failed during the show.
I was not able to finish both layouts fully before the show, which was not a problem for most people.
Packing the van up with the modules and 7 people with all related gear was a pain in the tailfeathers.

The Ugly
There was one NMRA guy, who I shall not name right now, who seemed to be livid about the plain BTTB layout at the show, and also griped about my refusal to embrace DCC.
The failure of the MTB SW loco was rather morale (and heart) breaking, considering the work I put into repairing it last week.

The Awesome
We did get invites to other train shows in the region, including the upcoming one in March, 2018 at the Cobb Galleria, although the space available there for my setup will only be 5' x 10', versus 9' x 24' at this show.

Lessons learned from this show will be applied to future shows, such as the need for an enclosed trailer (or a bigger van).
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Re: 54th Atlanta Model Train and Railroadania Show, Atlanta,

Postby Arseny » Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:14 am

AstroGoat760 wrote:the space available there for my setup will only be 5' x 10', versus 9' x 24' at this show.


Just use only "green" layot on that show, and put the display board(s) behind it!

P.S. Glad to see the RailTT autos on the show.
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Re: 54th Atlanta Model Train and Railroadania Show, Atlanta,

Postby AstroGoat760 » Mon Jan 22, 2018 1:30 pm

Arseny wrote:
AstroGoat760 wrote:the space available there for my setup will only be 5' x 10', versus 9' x 24' at this show.


Just use only "green" layot on that show, and put the display board(s) behind it!

P.S. Glad to see the RailTT autos on the show.

The RailTT cars received a lot of praise at the show, if that means anything.
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Re: 54th Atlanta Model Train and Railroadania Show, Atlanta,

Postby Arseny » Mon Jan 22, 2018 3:05 pm

AstroGoat760 wrote:The Good
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The Bad
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The Ugly
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The Awesome


"The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and the Awesome" ? I do not know such film! :grin:
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Re: 54th Atlanta Model Train and Railroadania Show, Atlanta,

Postby AstroGoat760 » Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:05 pm

"The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and the Awesome" ? I do not know such film! :grin:

They really should make one called that! :lol:

That is actually the formula that I used when I did the "post-mortem" on the 2013 National Train Show in Atlanta, GA as well. I originally was going to use was simply "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly", after the film of the same name, but I figured that I needed to end the review with a positive note, so "The Awesome" was added as the end-piece to the review.
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Re: 54th Atlanta Model Train and Railroadania Show, Atlanta,

Postby AstroGoat760 » Fri Jan 26, 2018 4:37 pm

One more thing before I stop beating this dead horse of a topic:
The 1:120 Lionel models did not only spark a few conversations, there were also a number of people who wanted to buy them outright from us!
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