Posts Tagged ‘World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour’

The Short Line goes to the World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour in Portland, OR – The Recap

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Late last month we had our booth at the biggest model railroad show we have ever attended. The World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour in Portland, Oregon, held at the Oregon Convention Center.

Oregon Convention Center

Oregon Convention Center, site of Worlds Greatest Hobby on Tour Portland OR 2012 - Photo by Cat Cook

This place was huge! And there were so many vendors, layouts, and manufacturers there, it was a boon to anyone who had the chance to attend.  We were so completely slammed (in a good way!) with customers, we barely had time to look around but here are some pictures I was able to find the time to snap.

Last time we were in Portland, at the Great Train Expo, we saw the Rose City Garden Railway Society and they were at this show as well with their expansive layout!

Rose City Garden Railway Society yards

Where they get the trains ready for the day's work at Rose City - Photo by Cat Cook

The Rose City Garden Railway Society will be having their 2012 Summer Tour, Railroads in the Garden, on Saturday June 16th from 10am to 5pm with 8 – 12 layouts to see. For more information or to sign up for their once-a-year email reminder, you can go to www.rcgrs.com.

Pedestrian point of view in the Rose City Garden Railway Society layout

Lots of wildlife in downtown Rose City! - Photo by Cat Cook

Even though we were a few hours from home, we saw some of the layouts we see every year down in Medford.  Southern Oregon Z Modelers Engineers were on hand with their always popular layout.

SOZME

Southern Oregon Z Modelers Engineers were on hand! - Photo by Cat Cook

And next door, their friends, and ours, at Cascade Z Modelers!

Cascade Z Modelers

Cascade Z Modelers with airborne helicopters! - Photo by Cat Cook

Then, I got another look at a layout I had seen at another show, by the HO Modular Group of the Pacific Northwest Region – Fourth Division NMRA. Here is a shot of their layout of the, Seattle, Pacific & Eastern Railroad.

4th Division of the Pacific Northwest Region of the NMRA

Layout from the 4th Division of the Pacific Northwest Region of the NMRA - Photo by Cat Cook

For the first time I saw a layout from Northwest S Scalers. Here they have a nice variety of offerings shown in their layout from dramatic scenery to unique industry and townscapes.

Northwest S Scalers

Layout from Northwest S Scalers - Photo by Cat Cook

Another new layout for my eyes was that of the Beaverton Modular Railroad Club. Here’s a nice little scene sporting some fine scenery with some hard-working crews.

Beaverton Modular Railroad Club

Shot of the Beaverton Modular Railroad Club layout - Photo by Cat Cook

I snapped this shot of this homemade Thomas the Tank Engine driving by our booth with a dangerously cute child inside. They were advertising a giant kids consignment event in Portland for this weekend, more info is at www.superkidsresale.com.

www.superkidsresale.com

Dangerously cute child alert! - Photo by Cat Cook

Sometimes on the way to or from shows, we see strange things on the road. This time was no different. Driving home we found ourselves behind a helicopter. There’s something you don’t see everyday….

Helicopter Alert!

Are we near an A-Team movie set? - Photo by Cat Cook

I love it when a plan comes together….

 

Beam me up! Train layouts hide all sorts of goodies at Monroe WA show

Friday, February 24th, 2012

A few weeks ago was not just Superbowl Sunday but it was also a gem of a model railroad show, the 21st Annual Train Show & Swap Meet presented by the United Northwest Model Railroad Club in Monroe, WA at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds.

When trains crash, United Northwest Model Railroad Club figures congregate to discuss the cause, to scale.... - Photo by Cat Cook

When trains crash, United Northwest Model Railroad Club figures congregate to discuss the cause, to scale.... - Photo by Cat Cook

We had heard from lots of folks that this was a great show and they were right. It filled a large hall with lots of vendors and layouts, many of whom I hadn’t the pleasure of seeing before.  First up allow me to present the 4th Division of the Pacific Northwest Region of the National Model Railroad Association.

Half Circle Farms module by Al Lowe of 4DNTrak - Photo by Cat Cook

Half Circle Farms module by Al Lowe of 4DNTrak - Photo by Cat Cook

My favorite part had to be Rob Jones’ logging module though, not just because I like logging themes but because of the Star Trek easter egg!

McCullough Logging module by Rob Jones of 4DNTrak featuring Star Trek away team - Photo by Cat Cook

McCullough Logging module by Rob Jones of 4DNTrak featuring Star Trek away team - Photo by Cat Cook

Also, showing off their handiwork was the Boeing Employee’s Model Railroading Club O-Scale Division.

BEMRRC

The Boeing Employee's Model Railroading Club O-Scale Division gets some attention - Photo by Cat Cook

Another nice layout was had by Tacoma Northwestern Model Railroad Club.

Tacoma Northwestern Model Railroad Club Layout - Photo by Cat Cook

Tacoma Northwestern Model Railroad Club Layout - Photo by Cat Cook

scenery shot TNWMRC

Scenery shot of Tacoma Northwestern Model Railroad Club - Photo by Cat Cook

We also met Linda McCune who was in the booth next to us. Linda was on hand to share the Don McCune Library which she established to preserve the works of her late husband Don McCune. Don McCune created many radio and television documentaries and was perhaps best known for writing and narrating over 400 episodes of Exploration Northwest. After being exposed to some of his excellent work we have decided along with Linda to add some of the episodes to our library of train-related DVDs. They aren’t on our website yet but they will be very soon. For more information on Linda McCune, Don McCune, and the Don McCune Library you can visit www.donmccunelibrary.com.

Linda McCune of Don McCune Library

Linda McCune of the Don McCune Library at the show! - Photo by Cat Cook

Next show is the World’s Greatest Hobby on Tour show in Portland Oregon, February 25th and 26th at the Convention Center. We hope to see you there or at another show in the future!