Submitted by Michael Greene
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Members of the Bristol Club participated in the 2001 All Gauge Train Show in New Haven, CT on August 19, 2001. Attending were Bill Clark, Al Coughlin, Bill Frazier, Michael Greene, Don Hasenzahl, Helen Lenart (Vice-President), Ben Perry, and Tom Robichaud (President) along with the Bristol Club's modular layout. Club member Doug Peck along with wife Cecile were also at the show in the Port Lines Hobby Supplies booth with almost a full row of tables (8-10) showcasing & selling S products. In addition to the Bristol Club, the Connecticut S Gaugers were at the show with their modular layout. There was an NASG information table as well as several other S scale dealers. For an all gauge show, this one has A LOT of S. It appeared that everyone had a good time.
A large variety of locomotives and other rolling stock were seen on the Bristol Club layout including:
along with an assortment of American Flyer locomotives & cars, our camera-equipped locomotive, and some kitbashed & some prize-winning scratch-built items.
Some of the other new S items seen at the show were two American Models E-8s (great looking models), new Bakers Chocolate flatcar two trailer vans from Port Lines, a "pilot model" of the American Models SD60, and a pilot model of the special run Brookside Creamery (SHS) billboard reefer (very nice!) being run by Port Lines.
Here are a few scenes from the show we hope you might enjoy:
Helen Lenart talking with some visitors about the video from
our camera-equipped locomotive. Here's another visitor looking at the camera-equipped
locomotive itself as it crosses the wooden trestle:
The video from the camera-equipped locomotive is one of the most popular attractions on the layout, since everyone enjoys seeing themselves on TV!.
Here's Bill Clark and Tom Robichaud getting set up for a little operating
Here's Bill Frazier talking with some visitors -- probably answering questions about availability of products in S scale -- we got a lot of those types of questions.
Speaking of Bill Frazier, he brought along his NASG National Convention award-winning scratch-built airslide hopper. And of course to pull it -- the prize he won -- a brass 2-8-0 steam engine from SouthWind Models. And a few other scratch-built and kit-bashed cars to make up the train. Let's see a few pictures:
And somehow a wayward Christmas elf made his way to our layout...
A streamlined K-4 stretching its legs on the layout...