WAMALUG: Show: June 3, 2000: Manassas Railway Festival

Manassas, Virginia

Our layout at the Manassas Railway Festival was similar to this image of a layout in Chris’ folder on Brickshelf.

Crowds gather around the tent we were under.

Stephen made his first report Sunday in the 5351st message to the mailing list, reacting first to the pain of sunburn:

...say AIEEEEE!!!!

and then to the attempt to match faces up to names from the mailing list (which included Margaret D. Keys) and Christina’s first attendance at a show. She brought binder clips for the Plexiglas and her medieval house, which was placed in the “rural” section of the layout.

The folks at Manassas contacted us about setting up a table at their train show so we rolled out in force for our first outdoors show. It was a beautiful day, perfect weather to be out and about. As usual, we were the big hit of the show, attracting more than our share of crowds and interested passers-by.

The show was also the debut of Plexiglas barriers on the tables. They worked ok, but kids still liked reaching over the barriers to grab passing trains and anything else in reach. Hopefully we will figure out a way to avoid this problem in the future!

Our downtown was an interesting mismatch of buildings this time. Chris’ normal stock of buildings were packed so we had to make do. Luckily, Martha’s excellent hardware and bicycle shop made it, along with a new music gazebo and the formal introduction of Rich’s Blue Station.

The best addition to our table was the new “other corner.” For a change, we built a rural area with farms and fields and Chris designed a wonderful mountain with little fishing pond.

Just off the rural area was the bridge crossing with Jenn and Dan’s black trestle bridge.

New to the yard was Chris’ improved engine shed with lots of wonderful detail inside (including a spiffy “working” arc welder). Chris also built a sister engine to his very popular GP-35.

Not to be outdone, Tom built a great-looking pair of black Southern Railway locomotives.

Some rolling stock on display at the show:

Tom’s Extended Vision caboose.

Cool things from the show:

Funny quotations in retrospect:

Some of the participants went to dinner afterwards.

Metroliner toy in profile. …back to the top of the page




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