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Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by jon-monon, Sep 19, 2002.
Anyone goin' to the GATS show in Indy this year? Oct 19 and 20 me thinks. I'm undecided.
Depends on what is going on at work and home that weekend.
I will not know until the day of the show.
Based on my experiece at our local GATS show last month, I wouldn't bother. The shows are not nearly as good as they used to be.
Yes, I'll be there part of both days at the NMRA booth location. And I agree that the shows aren't nearly as good as they used to be, but I think that the Fall show is better than the January show.
I've just plain quit going to the big shows....nothing but the same dealers....the same merchandise and everybody trying to grab a buck.
The smaller shows are still great! ....Buy, Sell, Swap, Bargain and Haggle I'll be hitting one in Dothan AL next week end if we don't get socked by Hurricane Isadore
Things must be a lot different in the south. I went to the GATS show in Ventura, California which is about an hour and a half up the coast from LA. Not a large show--it was terrible.
A friend of mine went to the GATS show in Victorville, a medium sized town in the Mojave desert between LA & Vegas. His experience was comparable to mine.
The vendors had a very limited selection of stuff at or near list price (one guy was actually trying to sell stuff at prices in excess of Walthers catalog price). eek: The only other stuff was broken down junk that was pricey as well. No interesting vendors and very mediocre layouts.:
I hate to sound like such a downer, but based on the experiences of several local modelers, it was not worht the price of admission.
Hi Jim, Yep we have us a good 'ol time at the small shows in Alabama and N. Florida. Usually its a club or just a group of folks that put them on. We even have one here in Feb. We all bring our junk and "don't wants" and make a day of it. Come on down sometimes and railroad with "Bubba" and the rest of the Rednecks
And have an orange coke
jon(who used to live down thataway, and wishes he still did)
Vic, where abouts is the show at Dothan? Wondering if it's to far to trust my trusty semi contankerous jeep with lots of "I think I can attitude
Hi T, The show will be at the fairgrounds where they hold the peanut festival. Its on US231 South outside of Dothan. I forget the name of the place but its huge and you can't miss it.
Not to be discouraging but that's gonna be a 650 + mile round trip for you. Its only about a 150 mile round trip for me Its a very small show and you might be disappointed. If the weather turns sour because of the hurricane in the gulf then it will be a "bust"
Directions: I-75 to Atlanta. I-85 South to Opelika, AL. Pickup US 280/431 South to Phenix City AL. Take US 431 South to Dothan and pick up US231 South toward Panama City, FL. Fairgrounds is on the right outside of Dothan.
Hi T, Don't blame you a bit!!! I wouldn't drive that either
Maybe we can get together at one of the shows in Marietta or Atlanta....that's about equal distance for the both of us.
Vic, I don't read the mags as much a I should mabey and I don't belong to any clubs or orgs so I'm out of touch as far as shows go. You'll have to let me know if something comes up.
Hi T, Well the show in Dothan was pretty good although there was no narrow gauge stuff this time. Seems that the predominate scale this time was N scale...boy was there a ton of that there. Turn out was a bit low...probably due to the weather earlier in the week as Dothan is only about 60 miles from the Gulf Coast.
I managed to pick up a bag full of Grandt Line details parts real cheap and some 6 position rotary switches that I had been looking for. Had a good time and got to see some folks I hadn't seen in awhile. Spent more for lunch than I did on trains!!
Vic, sounds like a day well spent.
Funny how those "do's" are all about lunch. At least to my wife. she won't step foot in the local hobby shop but the last train show I drug her to she had a great time at. I ended up spending my mad money on a Nscale loco and bag full of track that she just had to have. Oh and then it was time for lunch....at a resturant!
Yep, I will be going Saturday.