virtual Railroad Hobby Show - videos
Athearn rolls out a variety of new products at the start the celebration of their 70th anniversary
Athearn is a Platinum Sponsor of the virtual Railroad Hobby Show
Ken Silvestri presents BLI’s new products, both HO and N scales
Broadway Limited Imports is a Platinum Sponsor of the virtual Railroad Hobby Show
Stan Brooks presents highly detailed, proto-typically correct N-scale intermodal models
Jacksonville Terminal is a Platinum Sponsor of the virtual Railroad Hobby Show
Bill Schneider presents the latest locomotives, passenger cars, and freight cars from Rapido
Rapido is a Platinum Sponsor of the virtual Railroad Hobby Show
Martin Wellberg describes the art of scenery detailing.
Scenic Express is a Platinum Sponsor of the virtual Railroad Hobby Show
Dan Mycio and Ken Patterson present the features of the new TCS UWT-50 wifi throttle.
TCS is a Platinum Sponsor of the virtual Railroad Hobby Show
Mike Cyr discusses the 11-year growth of virtualrailfan.com. The company currently has 81 cameras streaming live in the US and Canada, with many more locations in line to be installed.
Virtualrailfan.com is a Platinum Sponsor of the virtual Railroad Hobby Show
Larry Harrington and Ray Buteux describe a variety of new Bachman products including the 2021 catalog, a large scale Dash 9 locomotive, and the popular HO-scale Siemens SC-44 Charger locomotive.
Bachman Trains is a Gold Sponsor of the virtual Railroad Hobby Show
Linda Walsh explains how to sell a model railroad collection
The Jim Walsh Collection is a Gold Sponsor of the virtual Railroad Hobby Show
Presentation describes the variety of railroad models offed by this Chicago-based company.
ReSOURCED Rails is a Gold Sponsor of the virtual Railroad Hobby Show
Otto Vondrak describes the variety of publications produced by White River.
White River Productions is a Gold Sponsor of the virtual Railroad Hobby Show
A video presentation about the steam-powered, operating 2-foot gauge WW&F Railway, located in Alna, Maine
WW&F Railway Museum is a Gold Sponsor of the virtual Railroad Hobby Show
Video presentation about the Connecticut Trolley Museum. Founded in 1940, it is the oldest incorporated museum dedicated to electric railroading in the United States
The Connecticut Trolley Museum is a Business Sponsor the the virtual Railroad Hobby Show
A video presentation on the extraordinary laser-cut kits designed, engineered, and produced by ITLA in Canada
ITLA Scale Models is a Business Sponsor of the virtual Railroad Hobby Show
Jim Lewis, founder of Model Train Technology presents lighting, sound, and animation capabilities for modelers
Model Train Technology is a Business Sponsor of the virtual Railroad Hobby Show
Gerry Cornwell of Mt. Albert Scale Lumber presents the Ultimation sander, a precision tool for modelers.
Ultimation Tools is a Business Sponsor of the virtual Railroad Hobby Show
Azatrax produces train detection circuits and layout automation electronics for model railroads
Video presentation by tourist railroad Conway Scenic, located in New Hampshire
Engine-cam tour of the HO-scale I&O Railroad
Video presentation by Eastern Seaboard Models – specialists in rolling stock models from eastern railroads.
Video presentation by Hatton’s, a UK-based distributor of model railway equipment
Rick and Maureen Hunter present their line of high quality craftsman kits
Video presentation about new products coming from Intermountain Models
MacRail produces HO-scale End-Of-Train markers and accessories
Video presentation about the scale scenic details and 3D custom printed items for HO-scale model railroads
Nace’s is a high quality video company producing model railroad movies and documentaries
Video presentation by New England Steam documenting the organization’s efforts to restore #470, Main Central’s last steam passenger locomotive
Website review and video presentation of the company’s battery powered systems for model railroads
Video presentation on the scale model building interiors produced by Roomettes
Video presentation about the model railroad sound systems produced by Soundtraxx
the story of the 2021 virtual Railroad Hobby Show
Fascination – it’s what unites us, binds us together
Fascination with railroads
Fascination with model railroads
And, that fascination was on full display January 30 & 31 at the virtual Railroad Hobby Show.
Eighty-one exhibitors and thousands of visitors came together to learn about new products, hear interviews with the experts, and just plain have fun with railroads in the middle of winter.
In October, the Amherst Railway Society board of directors made the tough decision to cancel the in-person 2021 Railroad Hobby Show due to the COVID pandemic. Risk to attendees, exhibitors, and volunteers was simply too great.
Shortly after the decision was made, the idea of doing the show on-line started circulating. After all, Amherst had experience with the monthly Show & Tell programs that we had been running. Plus, other railroad organizations were doing some things on line. Maybe we could, too.
But, enthusiasm alone wasn’t going to get the job done. The decision to produce an online show brought with it a fairly steep learning curve – planning, organizing, and technical expertise.
Then, a break-through…
Virtual Railfan, a vendor of live-streaming rail-cams and a regular exhibitor at the Railroad Hobby Show stepped up. They offered to coordinate the technical production of the show from their studios in Tennessee. The Amherst Railway Society, in turn, would organize the exhibits, the clinics, the demonstrations, and all the other pieces that make up a fun, educational Railroad Hobby Show.
The result was the first-ever virtual Railroad Hobby Show.
Response to the show has been overwhelmingly positive – exhibitors, visitors, everybody.
We are grateful to the folks at Virtual Railfan for helping us with this project. They are not only pros at what they do, they are a pleasure to work with.
We are equally grateful for the technical skills of Amherst Railway Society volunteers who worked behind-the-scenes to help bring all the pieces together.
It was a fun show to do, and we hope you enjoyed it.