Any Arizonians going to Railfair this weekend?

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  1. jflessne

    jflessne Member

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    Any Arizonians going to Railfair this weekend? Any chance you could take some pictures for me? Specifically the GCSMR setup. It will be a large HO layout.

    I'll be in Illinois visiting family etc. Anyone recommend some cool train shop up near Rockford?
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    Boy, you got me on this one. Where and when is this happening? I'm not sure I'll be able to make it, but I'll try if I knew where to go...
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    Hey Don here's the information.

    All aboard – for McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park’s Railfair 2006. Model trains, hand-dipped ice cream and children’s laughter will be plentiful from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 and Sunday, Oct. 15 at the park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Road. Railfair also features exhibits, moon bounces, and other entertainment. Admission to Railfair is free. For details, call (480) 312-2312.


    IT's in Scottsdale. :(
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    Don't know if you've had a chance to get out to McCormack Ranch, but the RR park isn't what I'd call a haven for railfans. I live a few miles north of the park and watched it being built. I used to see the railroad there when it was on Stillman's Ranch. Don't know what else they've got out there now, but I think I'm going to have to pass. The ice cream sounds too tempting and the doctor just put me on a very strict diet. The moon bounce might be a bit tough on me as well. :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

    My grandkids might appreciate going there though, so I'll let the rest of my family know. Thanks...:wave:
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    I might give it a go. I'm not sure what the plans are yet for this weekend though. Hopefully this will be in them.
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    Wow! I have never seen McCormick Railway Park alive with so much activiy! The day started out with a little rain however that cleared up and left us with some very pleasant temperatures. Usually, they only operate one ride'em train at a time but today they had two operating at once and usually had full trains each time around. There were bunches of portable layouts, modular layouts, the usual z scale briefcase layout, clubs galore and much more. The Scotsdale live steamers club was even operating and I don't see them do that very often. They even had 4 bouncy castles for the little ones set up out in the middle area. Well, I took 95 pictures but drastically thinned them out for a nice selection for you fine folk. Let's get started.
    As you first walk into the park, you are greeted by Magma Locomotive #6. Behind that is a Santa Fe baggage car they have set up as a museum and behind that is a Roald Amundsen Pullman car. This particular car was used by presidents Hoover, Roosevelt, Truman, and Eisenhower.
    On into the park, as I mentioned, not only were they operating both steam locomotives, they also had the full diesel roster on display as well. Scattered around were some smaller scale engines, some on display and some for the little ones to play on.

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    and some more...

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    I also thought it would be fun to see some overall views of the activty and some of the park so here's a few...

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    As I mentioned, there were bunches of temporary portable layouts setup... I think more than 10... I dunno as i was not counting. Anyways, you had the usual z scale in a briefcase, lots of O scales, HO, and N.

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    And, as always, they had the permanent layouts inside. O, HO and N. Don't ask me why that guy is looking at me so strange in the first picture. I took the picture from outside through a window so if he was yelling at me, I did not hear a word.

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    This layout was not very photographically friendly. I tried to take several pictures but either I had a boring shot, lots of people in the way, or bad lighting. Still, I think I posted a couple - one close up and one from far off. It was a large layout but they kept having problems. Every so often you'd hear somebody yell, "Cabs off, shut down - we need to reboot." As it was modular, the pictures were not real impressive as all you saw was a lot of straight track. The scenery was not very impressive either. Sorry.
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    Thanks for the photos.
    I couldn't make it due to some health problems
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    Thanks for the pics. Looks like a good time was had by all!
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    Boy, things have changed since I lived in that area. It's been a long time since I saw the park going up and they've added a lot of stuff since then. Glad you could make it and thanks for posting the pics.
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    Nice pics....
    Gotta love that G scale lavender F unit.