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At the virtual Railroad Hobby Show, Scale Trains introduced new products and announced an important addition to their business.
 
 
Scale Trains is the Keystone Sponsor of the virtual Railroad Hobby Show

Athearn rolls out a variety of new products at the start the celebration of their 70th anniversary

video: https://youtu.be/l96ikNU2CEA

Athearn is a Platinum Sponsor of the virtual Railroad Hobby Show

Ken Silvestri presents BLI’s new products, both HO and N scales

video: https://youtu.be/aRCNlzyhGxQ

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

video: https://youtu.be/6miVghlHGR8

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

video: https://youtu.be/5dSrlyzAzuw

Rapido is a Platinum Sponsor of the virtual Railroad Hobby Show

Martin Wellberg describes the art of scenery detailing.

video: https://youtu.be/z-rQDr0eAlE

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.

video: https://youtu.be/Z_kis_flKsE

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.

video: https://youtu.be/JiwijgZ8Xig

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.

video: https://youtu.be/rcG7upFvlZI

Bachman Trains is a Gold Sponsor of the virtual Railroad Hobby Show

Linda Walsh explains how to sell a model railroad collection

video: https://youtu.be/PTUJrdoU4NM

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.

video: https://youtu.be/4uPAUTuHtE0

ReSOURCED Rails is a Gold Sponsor of the virtual Railroad Hobby Show

Otto Vondrak describes the variety of publications produced by White River.

video: https://youtu.be/pcFeaR05UU8

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

video:

https://youtu.be/E-ZbfUeC_Xc

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

video: https://youtu.be/Va1fJC7D-8g

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

video: https://youtu.be/B-NdGYk2Yws

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

video: https://youtu.be/Ppgtz47BaMc

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. 

video: https://youtu.be/EZcTHrP3b8I

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: https://youtu.be/OnwSk6IcsN8

Video presentation by tourist railroad Conway Scenic, located in New Hampshire

video: https://youtu.be/auFIRyNphGw

Engine-cam tour of the HO-scale I&O Railroad

video: https://youtu.be/QijOVlZoiKs

 

Video presentation by Eastern Seaboard Models – specialists in rolling stock models from eastern railroads.

video: https://youtu.be/owdherX5MlU

Video presentation by Hatton’s, a UK-based distributor of model railway equipment

video: https://youtu.be/Wgr-wOmbPcI

Rick and Maureen Hunter present their line of high quality craftsman kits

video: https://youtu.be/DF9QDvhmHa0

Video presentation about new products coming from Intermountain Models

video: https://youtu.be/HGDJpvwmhjc

MacRail produces HO-scale End-Of-Train markers and accessories

video: https://youtu.be/A-MRG5m5H5E

Video presentation about the scale scenic details and 3D custom printed items for HO-scale model railroads

video: https://youtu.be/tHqwHPNiL8E

Nace’s is a high quality video company producing model railroad movies and documentaries

video: https://youtu.be/MwYSIVYkbOo

Video presentation by New England Steam documenting the organization’s efforts to restore #470, Main Central’s last steam passenger locomotive

video: https://youtu.be/uRWFDqNEl-M

Website review and video presentation of the company’s battery powered systems for model railroads

video: https://youtu.be/hbH6CQEhAV0

Video presentation on the scale model building interiors produced by Roomettes

video: https://youtu.be/4cC6ltHbeQw

Video presentation about the model railroad sound systems produced by Soundtraxx

video: https://youtu.be/cB_VPm6qc2M

 

Powerpoint presentation about the T-Trak table-top modular model railroad system

video: https://youtu.be/hMfIgbk70Fo

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.

virtual Railroad Hobby Show - John Sacerdote

I wanted to share a little story with you about the power of the Railroad Hobby Show. The response from my session was so overwhelming that it crashed our webserver. No worries it’s back up and running and the orders are flowing in.

To all the perpetrators and participants, you provided a great, informative experience that was just what those of us out here needed to recharge the batteries and keep progressing in this hobby of ours. Thanks! ...and I left $750. behind with your exhibitors...

I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the show. But just watching it didn't seem like enough. I wanted to FEEL like I was there. So I got up early on Saturday, ate and got dressed. Then I went out and got in a freezing cold car. I drove around the block and then came in to watch the show. I watched from beginning to end.

Just a short note to thank you and all who were involved in putting on the virtual Railroad Hobby Show. Since it wasn't possible to spend the weekend in West Springfield, I spent most of it in the train room watching and working on the railroad, and greatly enjoyed the presentations.

Another BIG thank you for having me/us join the show.. On Saturday alone, there were over 2000 page views with 95% new visitors. 11 engines have been sold with more interest happening every day.