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Klamath Train Show 2011 and Two New Train Videos from 7Idea Productions

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Just over a week ago was the 2011 Klamath Model Railroad Show & Sales Event hosted by the Klamath Rails Club at the Klamath County Fairgrounds. Last year we had freezing rain but this year it was sunny and warm all weekend which made for a comfortable and happy event.

Rock formations modeled on the Klamath Rails Model Railroad Club layout (Photo by Cat Cook)

Rock formations modeled on the Klamath Rails Model Railroad Club layout (Photo by Cat Cook)

At the show I met Greg Jones of the Klamath Rails club who pointed out the rock formations he made on the club’s traveling layout. He explained his process for making the rocks included using the Woodland Scenics rock molds (shop here:Woodland Scenics Terrain and Landscaping Products) with fast-acting drywall compound you can buy at any hardware store. He gave me some examples to show you the rocks before paint is applied.

Rocks made by Greg Jones of Klamath Rails Model Railroad Club using Woodland Scenics rock molds (Photo by Cat Cook)

Rocks made by Greg Jones of Klamath Rails Model Railroad Club using Woodland Scenics rock molds (Photo by Cat Cook)

Returning this year was Robert Gavora with his Fine and Rare Books. He carries a huge collection of fascinating tomes on railroading. If you can’t attend shows in the Pacific Northest to see for yourself check out his website: www.robertgavora.com.  Here is my latest purchase, this fabulous book of Kinsey logging railroad photographs. In the early 1900s Darius Kinsey traveled around taking pictures of loggers with their locomotives, the photographs were then sold to the loggers. I’m pretty sure he has more copies of this if you are interested.

My newest book on logging railroads by Darius Kinsey (Photo by Cat Cook)

My newest book on logging railroads - Kinsey Photographer: The Locomotive Portraits edited by Dave Bohn (Photo by Cat Cook)

Another returning pleasure was getting to chat up Aaron Bentson producer of 7Idea Productions’ excellent railroad videos. The Klamath show allowed him to show off his newest production, MRL Montana Mainline Part 1: Jones Junction to Helena (click here for Blu-Ray). This release comes hot on the heels of his previous new release, Coal Trains of the Powder River Basin, out on DVD & Blu-ray last month.

Cat Cook and Aaron Bentson showing off 7Idea Production's latest releases (Photo by Don Cook)

Cat Cook and Aaron Bentson showing off 7Idea Production's latest releases (Photo by Don Cook)

As usual the Rogue Valley Model Railroad Club made the trek to share their traveling layout. Here’s a closeup of a portion featuring ‘fiber’ trees and an Athearn ready-to-run truck (buy it here: Athearn HO Ford C-Series with Van Body – California Motor Express CME). We will see more of them next month at the Rogue Valley Train Show November 26-27 2011 at the Medford Armory in Medford, OR.

Athearn RTR Truck on the road of Rogue Valley Model Railroad Club Layout (Photo by Cat Cook)

Athearn RTR Truck on the road of Rogue Valley Model Railroad Club Layout (Photo by Cat Cook)

Our next show is a big one, the Great Train Expo up in Puyallup, WA on November 19th & 20th 2011 at the Puyallup Fair & Event Center. Hope you can make it!

Klamath Model Railroad Show & New Donner Pass DVD Release

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

October 23rd & 24th was the 3rd annual Model Railroad Show in Klamath Falls, Oregon and we brought all our goodies over the hill (and through the woods) to share with the good folks of Klamath County. This is a nice little show hosted by the Klamath Rails Model Railroad Club. Members of the club show off their large HO scale layout  rain or shine (in this case it was rain and the rain threatened to bring down the ceiling tiles of the Klamath County Fairgrounds but the dedicated club members and show-goers were not deterred!)

Klamath Rails Model Railroad Club Layout (Photo by Cat Cook)

Klamath Rails Model Railroad Club Layout (Photo by Cat Cook)

The Rogue Valley Model Railroad Club also brought their traveling HO layout. Between the two layouts most of the exhibit hall was filled with railroad goodness. Along the edges of the exhibit hall were vendors of varying goods and the Klamath & Western Railroad out of Chiloquin, Oregon which offered rides on their passenger-ready ‘model’ locomotive.

The trains were great, of course, but it’s the people who make train shows especially enjoyable. Steve Hart and the rest of the Klamath Rails Model Railroad Club members made us feel welcome (this was our first time at the show.) It was great to see Bruce, Brad and the other members from the Rogue Valley Model Railroad Club, we will be seeing more of them next month at the Annual Rogue Valley Train Show at the Medford Armory November 27th & 28th.

We met some new friends as well. Our next door neighbors at the show included Al from Trains & Things (you can find him at most train shows throughout the Pacific Northwest with his selection of railroad Books, DVDs, and T-shirts) and Bob from Robert Gavora, Fine and Rare Books who has a huge selection of hard to find railroad books, magazines, time tables, manuals, and more! Both of these gentlemen will be at the Annual Rogue Valley Train Show in Medford so if you attend be sure to drop by their booths as well!

Donner Pass: Stacks in the High Sierras

Donner Pass: Stacks in the High Sierras

We’ve been featuring DVDs from 7Idea Productions for about a year now, at the Klamath show we finally got to meet Aaron, the man behind those fabulous videos. Aaron’s enthusiasm and passion for railroading is infectious in his videos and in ‘real life’ too! His latest video is Donner Pass: Stacks in the High Sierras which was just released! We are carrying it in both DVD and Blu-Ray!  Check out the trailer for this brand new Donner video here!

After the show we packed up and got back over the hill just as night (and snow) was beginning to fall. Now it’s time to get ready for the next show!

Happy Railroading!