As we close in on the latter-half of November this year, another fantastic Trainfest event is in the books. Held every year in Milwaukee, WI, the show combines operating modular layouts, vendor booths, product announcements, and a lot of fun. We typically go for both days of the event, getting to see some of the show on Saturday, and returning on Sunday for a less-busy spin through the vendor booths and time to really look at the layouts.
One of the fun layouts to see, from my perspective, was the Model Railroad Hobbyist / Trainmasters TV project layout. Having watched the series online, I have to say, my opinion was that the layout is more impressive in person than it is in the video series. I really enjoyed seeing the detail and quality of the work, and it was fun to watch Joe Fugate use the “Protothrottle” to run a train for a few minutes. The layout is traveling to several other shows, so if you get a chance to see it, take the time to explore the scenes that the MRH crew have created.
We had a chance to visit the North American Prototype Modelers layout in Milwaukee on Saturday night. This incredible club layout has many scenes that are expertly modeled, and some beautiful equipment. The stunning passenger station that greets visitors on the way in is simply breathtaking.
Of course, there were operating layouts to see. From small (as pictured above) to large, there were friendly people at every display I approached.
I made this video of some of the operating layouts. If you have a couple minutes, have a watch.
There were also new products to see. The most exciting to me was the newly announced Accurail Fowler boxcar that I’ll be looking forward to have a few of.
There were other products show off that are tempting, but what would I do with a GP7, even as nice as the model looks.
One of the best things about Trainfest is the opportunity to get together with, spend some time talking and laughing, as well as reconnecting with friends from around the Midwest and the country, in person. This year was no different. Beyond the layouts, vendors, products, and other things, the friends we have in the hobby are important, and a chance to see people who might only be connected with online for most of the year makes Trainfest an event we have come to love.
It’s time to get back to the workbench!