Friday, December 2, 2011

Wasatch Rails 2011 – November 2011

The First Show of the Model Railroad Season
The leaves have fallen from the trees and the temperatures are dropping, but you really know it’s fall when the announcements for model railroad shows start to appear. The first show of the season is the Wasatch Rails in Salt Lake City. This year was a good gathering of fellow modelers. The show is sponsored by the Wastach Division of the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA). There was a good selection of layouts and vendors. A new feature this year were clinics sponsored by the Utah Society of Model Railroaders. The clinics included weathering, soldering, foam scenery construction and a Boy Scouts Merit Badge. I attended several of the clinics and thoroughly enjoyed myself.


Show Treasures
As always, you can’t pass up some of the great deals you find at these shows. This year was no exception. Among the treasures were several more cars to add to my collection. A Milwaukee Road box car and a hopper car.


For the layout, I purchased a chain link fence kit which will be used for the oil depot at Lewistown and the Heath gypsum plant. I also procured several switch stands to be used in Falls yard when that area is finished. All in all, a very enjoyable time.