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Offline Mark5  
#1 Posted : 13 January 2020 08:56:03(UTC)
Mark5

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Hello Marklinistas,

I will going in a couple weeks to the Amherst show in Springfield in Mass. and would love to meet any Marklin Forum members and their counterparts.
I went a couple of years ago and was delighted to see the incredible variety of layouts along with the local Marklin club and their rather impressive exhibit.

If you are thinking about coming its well worth it imho,
and I would be more than happy to meet up with others interested in European and especially Marklin trains.

Here is part of the blurb on their website:
Every year late in January or early in February, the Amherst Railway Society holds its Railroad Hobby Show at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds (The home of The Big E) in West Springfield Massachusetts. More than 20,500 railfans and public attended the Show each of the past five years. In 2018, the 50th Anniversary Show boasted 400,000 square feet of trains and train related exhibits...that's 9 acres of [model] trains! ....


http://www.railroadhobbyshow.com/

Feel free to pm and exchange contacts.

Mark Five
Interested in history of DB, DR and FS circa 1955 to 1965. Fan of signals, catenary, stations and yards.
Father of four girls running an exhibition layout, the Mädchenbahn--
https://www.marklin-user...rce.ashx?i=30519&b=1
Large version of my present avatar-- https://www.marklin-user...rce.ashx?i=29910&b=1
Source of previous avatar in "zoomify" detail-- http://bit.ly/1QqMgL0
Offline LongHairedDavid  
#2 Posted : 13 January 2020 11:01:33(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Mark5 Go to Quoted Post
Hello Marklinistas,

I will going in a couple weeks to the Amherst show in Springfield in Mass. and would love to meet any Marklin Forum members and their counterparts.
I went a couple of years ago and was delighted to see the incredible variety of layouts along with the local Marklin club and their rather impressive exhibit.

If you are thinking about coming its well worth it imho,
and I would be more than happy to meet up with others interested in European and especially Marklin trains.

Here is part of the blurb on their website:
Every year late in January or early in February, the Amherst Railway Society holds its Railroad Hobby Show at the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds (The home of The Big E) in West Springfield Massachusetts. More than 20,500 railfans and public attended the Show each of the past five years. In 2018, the 50th Anniversary Show boasted 400,000 square feet of trains and train related exhibits...that's 9 acres of [model] trains! ....


http://www.railroadhobbyshow.com/

Feel free to pm and exchange contacts.

Mark Five


I have a friend that lives in Windsor Locks, CT who goes up to Amherst the following weekend for a tool show but I can't get him to go to the train show. I would like him to go and take some photos for me but...
Long Haired David
AKA David Pennington
A mystified Maerklin Newbie
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Offline mmervine  
#3 Posted : 13 January 2020 12:56:46(UTC)
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The ETE-ENE will have our layout at the show. In fact, there will be a whole European section around us. Look for us in the Mallory building.
Märklin C-track, Digital, ECoS, multi-era French & Swiss
http://www.ete-ene.org/m...mervines-layout-gallery/
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Offline michelvr  
#4 Posted : 13 January 2020 14:50:07(UTC)
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Lucky you Mark! Let us know how good the show is as I heard that it's quite the venue! I usually follow “monster railroad” Al on YouTube. Good look and good hunting!
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Offline Mark5  
#5 Posted : 14 January 2020 01:28:16(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: mmervine Go to Quoted Post
The ETE-ENE will have our layout at the show. In fact, there will be a whole European section around us. Look for us in the Mallory building.

Hi mmervine
I'll be looking for you! Quite enjoyed trying out the CS2 last time. Anyone in the club have a CS3? I am still running my loks with a 6021 but considering software to run addressed switches and loks.

I will likely be wearing a Mädchenbahn T shirt.

Cheers
Mark
Interested in history of DB, DR and FS circa 1955 to 1965. Fan of signals, catenary, stations and yards.
Father of four girls running an exhibition layout, the Mädchenbahn--
https://www.marklin-user...rce.ashx?i=30519&b=1
Large version of my present avatar-- https://www.marklin-user...rce.ashx?i=29910&b=1
Source of previous avatar in "zoomify" detail-- http://bit.ly/1QqMgL0
Offline mmervine  
#6 Posted : 14 January 2020 01:56:52(UTC)
mmervine

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We will be operating the layout with our CS3. The CS2 will be connected to it acting as a booster and two additional throttles.

r/mark
Märklin C-track, Digital, ECoS, multi-era French & Swiss
http://www.ete-ene.org/m...mervines-layout-gallery/
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Online Chris6382chris  
#7 Posted : 14 January 2020 02:58:33(UTC)
Chris6382chris

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So I am very familiar with Euro West and attended most years. I now live in Chicago and was thinking of heading to Euro East in Springfield Mass. Question for any that have attended, will I see lots of Marklin and other European items for sale? Or is the focus mainly on the layouts?

Would appreciate any feedback.

Thanks,

Chris
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Offline DaleSchultz  
#8 Posted : 14 January 2020 03:22:55(UTC)
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I just might go.... as I am looking for more track for an extension...

you see miles and miles of US reefer box cars until the eyes want to bleed. Some European stuff.... ETE guys are there with their layout.... I only went once, a couple of years ago....
Dale
Intellibox + own software, K-Track
My current layout: https://cabin-layout.mixmox.com
Arrival and Departure signs: https://remotesign.mixmox.com
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Offline mrmarklin  
#9 Posted : 14 January 2020 03:28:27(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: DaleSchultz Go to Quoted Post
I just might go.... as I am looking for more track for an extension...

you see miles and miles of US reefer box cars until the eyes want to bleed. Some European stuff.... ETE guys are there with their layout.... I only went once, a couple of years ago....


Märklin digital specialists will be there demonstrating. BigGrin
From the People's Republik of Kalifornia
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Offline Mark5  
#10 Posted : 15 January 2020 08:36:59(UTC)
Mark5

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Originally Posted by: Chris6382chris Go to Quoted Post
So I am very familiar with Euro West and attended most years. I now live in Chicago and was thinking of heading to Euro East in Springfield Mass. Question for any that have attended, will I see lots of Marklin and other European items for sale? Or is the focus mainly on the layouts?



Hi Chris,

There are loads of sellers. Bring a limited amount of cash you want to spend... that's my way of working it out, since there is junk you just have to buy and new models that gleam ... but the actual Marklin was not a huge amount when I went there last in I think 2016. I do remember serious conversation with one of the Marklin sellers. Perhaps mmervine knows if there will be more. But there were other sellers selling European models and most of the major known brands. I wish however there were actual European reps there hawking their company wares. That would make it really interesting, most are dealers, which means you can get good deals of some of their overstock, and other without sales tax from smaller dealers.

The ETE club also did sell a few nice train cars which I bought. But in terms of other accessories, Faller models and any kind of landscaping material you might want to have, there is plenty for sale. ... There were also fabulous layouts of all variety and scales. If you need to have some decoders put in there was a semi retired engineer installing DC decoders on the spot. I bought some tiny coloured wire appropriate for decoders from him.

Thats just a few things I remember off the top of my hear at 2am.
Perhaps others who have attended more recently might say more.

BTW if you or either Dale do attend, I would love to meet up with you at the ETE layout or elsewhere in the sprawling complex. There is so much to see I believe last time I just had a stand up lunch walking around. Wear good shoes!

Cheers,
Mark Five

Interested in history of DB, DR and FS circa 1955 to 1965. Fan of signals, catenary, stations and yards.
Father of four girls running an exhibition layout, the Mädchenbahn--
https://www.marklin-user...rce.ashx?i=30519&b=1
Large version of my present avatar-- https://www.marklin-user...rce.ashx?i=29910&b=1
Source of previous avatar in "zoomify" detail-- http://bit.ly/1QqMgL0
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Offline Mark5  
#11 Posted : 15 January 2020 08:41:38(UTC)
Mark5

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Originally Posted by: DaleSchultz Go to Quoted Post
I just might go.... as I am looking for more track for an extension...

you see miles and miles of US reefer box cars until the eyes want to bleed. Some European stuff.... ETE guys are there with their layout.... I only went once, a couple of years ago....


Hi Dale

I remember the reefer train... Some 150 cars long or some such number.
Let me know if you make it there.

BTW ...was looking at your pages on Remote Signs and accompanying software today. Thanks for posting that and having the downloads available.

Cheers.
Mark Five.
Interested in history of DB, DR and FS circa 1955 to 1965. Fan of signals, catenary, stations and yards.
Father of four girls running an exhibition layout, the Mädchenbahn--
https://www.marklin-user...rce.ashx?i=30519&b=1
Large version of my present avatar-- https://www.marklin-user...rce.ashx?i=29910&b=1
Source of previous avatar in "zoomify" detail-- http://bit.ly/1QqMgL0
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Offline DaleSchultz  
#12 Posted : 15 January 2020 18:56:29(UTC)
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Hi Mark,

sounds good, yes it would be good to meet up with other members...

If you see someone about 2m tall with a big white beard that will probably be me....

I have some exciting news for the small RemoteSigns coming up....
Dale
Intellibox + own software, K-Track
My current layout: https://cabin-layout.mixmox.com
Arrival and Departure signs: https://remotesign.mixmox.com
Offline mnosal  
#13 Posted : 16 January 2020 05:19:00(UTC)
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I'm planning on attending. I look forward to the show every year.

Some Marklin related photos from last year:

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You can see the entire album (1500+ photos) from last year:2019 Amherst Train Show

The ETE-NE folks have the best European/Marklin related layout every year, although you can sometimes spot Marklin or Trix trains on the odd layout here and there. There are usually 2-4 dealers carrying new Marklin, and another 4-7 with odd bits and pieces on their tables.

A couple of tips for first-time visitors:
  • The show is huge - four enormous buildings. You can't see everything in one day (or even two).
  • Take the time to linger and appreciate the layouts that interest you rather than rushing to see them all.
  • Wear comfy shoes and bring a water bottle. Dress in layers as it can get warm inside.
  • You'll have more success haggling over prices on Sunday afternoon than on Saturday morning.
  • Talk to folks! These are some of the most awesome model railroad (and real railroad) enthusiasts and they are genuinely happy to talk trains with you.


Cheers!
Mike



Z-scale, DRG steam from Era 2. See: zscale.tumblr.com
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Offline Mark5  
#14 Posted : 16 January 2020 10:06:17(UTC)
Mark5

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Location: Montreal
Originally Posted by: mnosal Go to Quoted Post
I'm planning on attending. I look forward to the show every year.

Some Marklin related photos from last year:

UserPostedImage

The ETE-NE folks have the best European/Marklin related layout every year, although you can sometimes spot Marklin or Trix trains on the odd layout here and there. There are usually 2-4 dealers carrying new Marklin, and another 4-7 with odd bits and pieces on their tables.

A couple of tips for first-time visitors:
  • The show is huge - four enormous buildings. You can't see everything in one day (or even two).
  • Take the time to linger and appreciate the layouts that interest you rather than rushing to see them all.
  • Wear comfy shoes and bring a water bottle. Dress in layers as it can get warm inside.
  • You'll have more success haggling over prices on Sunday afternoon than on Saturday morning.
  • Talk to folks! These are some of the most awesome model railroad (and real railroad) enthusiasts and they are genuinely happy to talk trains with you.


Cheers!
Mike



Thanks Mike,
Great to hear there have been more than I thought. Looking forward to it.
So judging from the photo ....or not...was there a Marklin rep there?

Mark
Interested in history of DB, DR and FS circa 1955 to 1965. Fan of signals, catenary, stations and yards.
Father of four girls running an exhibition layout, the Mädchenbahn--
https://www.marklin-user...rce.ashx?i=30519&b=1
Large version of my present avatar-- https://www.marklin-user...rce.ashx?i=29910&b=1
Source of previous avatar in "zoomify" detail-- http://bit.ly/1QqMgL0
Offline mnosal  
#15 Posted : 16 January 2020 13:29:48(UTC)
mnosal


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Yes, Marklin was at the show, but with a very limited display compared to other manufacturers who were also present at the show. Their booth was near the ETE-NE layout and they were showing some new products, such as the K Bay Sts B S 2/6 model above, as well as some new digital products. (BUT THEY DIDN"T HAVE ANY Z-SCALE AT THEIR BOOTH! Arrrrghhh....).

Mike

Z-scale, DRG steam from Era 2. See: zscale.tumblr.com
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Offline cwfike  
#16 Posted : 17 January 2020 16:55:42(UTC)
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My son and I will be there on Saturday. We've been going for the past 4 years or so...seems to me the amount of Marklin items has gone up every time we've gone.
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