WB&A Show Report 3 14 2015
Setup began on Friday at 2 pm and was completed by 5 PM with the exception of two modules. Unloading was very easily with the overhead door being only a few feet from the layout. We took advantage of the early setup and check the entire loop with a conventional engine being careful not to launch the engine while testing. Ed Beaver assisted with the Trackmaster duties and was deeping involved in layout setup.
The 22 x 18 layout featured John Harpers turntable together with Fred Koesters two modules, Allen Crotts two module with sidings, and the geezer gate. George Tsakiris offered to help with setup and provided a last minute replacement for Martin Boza’s module.
Addition scenery modules were provided John Harper and Ed Beaver for the wide rides corners.
Final setup was completed starting at 7:00 am on Saturday morning with operation begin open to WB&A members only at 8 AM and the public at 9:00 am.
The crowd of family members was especially heavy between 10am and Noon with the show closing at 2 PM. The large number of young children surrounding our train layout seemed brought smiles to the WB&A members as well as the Trackers.
We had two special treats; John Buxton (WB&A member) brought his O Gauge Dorfan Train setup from the 1930’s and ran it on the layout for about 30 mins. It ran a Lionel speed with the little bobber caboose jumping the track. This attached a lot of attention from the more mature adults!
Latter in the show John Harper appeared at the layout with Clem in tow after taking a shopping tour around the Armory Hall. Yes, Clem had his old train set which he had restored on one side only. Around the track it went with lot so laughs and yes a few stores. Clem then placed a wooden O Gauge engine on the track It ran to the amazement all. We even got one of the lights to work.
A thanks to all who participated and to the WB&A membership including us in their show.
WB&A has Graciously given the Tracker a $200 honorarium for our efforts.