The Wisconsin Division (WISE) of the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA) hosts an annual train show. It's impressive, to say the least. I have driven 12 hours to see it several times.
There was a record attendance in 2010 of 23,476 people, not counting the 1,000 or so volunteers and manufacturers. Greater than 20,000 attendees is typical. There were more than 70 layouts and modules on display as well as manufacturer booths and displays, 40+ hobby dealers and vendors, historical groups, and clinics.
For the past several years a group of a dozen or more volunteers from the Central Ontario Division (COD) of the NMRA travel by car to Milwaukee from the Toronto, Canada region to set up and run model railroad clinics in what we call "Craftsman's Corner". That year there were 14 of us who made the 15 hour trek in a convoy of four cars and trucks. Below is a sample of the demonstrations and clinics we ran during the two-day weekend Trainfest.
As you can see in the photos there was a steady stream of interested modellers of all ages. Click on the thumbnail photo for a larger picture. I shot a short video if you'd like to see the Craftsman's Corner in action.
(left to right)
Bill Hambly (me) building HO trackside signals.
|Bob Douglas scratchbuilding.||Rick Hatton building a Finescale Miniatures wood kit.|
|Andrew Taylor demonstrates building techniques.||Lee Bauer of nearby Racine, Wisconsin joined our Craftsman's Corner Clinic.||Al Crisp, our illustrious organizer, working on trucks.|
|Dave Smith demonstrates tree-making techniques.||Ron Colpitts works on N scale rolling stock.||Bill Dewar of Toronto's York Model Railroad Club demonstrates decaling.|
|Peter Hocking shows a different way to make trees.||Andy Orr works on a resin freight car|
Craftsman's Corner was set up in a big square. We had a large mirror over the table where we did the clinics every hour on the half hour both Saturday and Sunday. Gloria Bauer gathered quite a crowd for her demonstration of people painting.
This is a quick sampling from that November's Trainfest. Besides participating in Trainfest we got to Walthers Terminal Hobby Shop and were invited for private visits to some spectacular layouts that were on the National Convention Tour earlier this year. Gloria and Lee Bauer also hosted a dinner for us and we were able to view their amazing layout. Gloria has populated their layout with thousands of figures. Wait until you see "Wicked Wanda's"!
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