Saturday, November 01, 2008

SGMA: Blogging From The Syracuse Train Fair

Here are a couple of photos from Friday. On the left is a shot of some of the Syracuse Standard Gauge Module Association members: kneeling is Dick Grodon; standing behind Dick is Max Champion; in the blue jacket is Charles Glover, and standing holding the module leg is Jim Cottzolla. The below photo shows the Standard Gauge Module Association Philadelphia area team loaded and ready to go to Syracuse, left to right, Pat Rolland, Chris Bogus, Jim Kelly, and Kirk Lindvig. The trailer is 20 feet long and is literally filled up against the back door with modules, trains and accessories, stored for transport in specially designed cabinets.

The drive to Syracuse was a pleasant 5 plus hour trip. We arrived at the Syracuse Fairgrounds just after 3 PM. The NY SGMA group had already set up their interior loop of modules. We got to work constructing an exterior loop of modules that is an incredible 60 feet long by 36 feet wide, eight feet wider than the Altoona layout. The exterior loop includes two specially designed "ravine" scenic modules, one of which incorporates a Hellgate bridge. The exterior loop also includes the SGMA "Horseshoe Curve" module grouping featuring a track curve maximum diameter of an incredible 122 inches!
Today the show opens at 10 Am and we're ready to go! I'll try to post some pictures of today's activity at the show later on.
From Syracuse,

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