It's not easy to build a beautiful inner-city layout, and that's one reason few modelers take up the challenge. But I found a layout which takes up that challenged and exceeds it in every way, earning itself the "box office" treatment today.
Everytime I talk about the high cost of our hobby to a non-railroader, I get stunned looks and dropped jaws. Model railroading is certainly not cheap, but sometimes even devout railroaders can be shocked by the excessive prices expected for some high-end items. These kinds of exorbitant prices start to look like "Railway Robbery!"
The TCA Eastern Division's York Meet is one of the year's most spectacular events for model railroaders and manufacturers alike. We certainly enjoyed our time there last week, and managed to see all the latest news and reveals coming from Lionel's impressive booth.
The DASH Marketplace has been operating on the UTC time zone since its formation, in order to appeal to a more neutral and international audience. But the unusual times confused lots of folks, so we've introduced a full suite of time zone support.
As Halloween approaches, things start getting a little spookier. Ghost, goblins, and ghouls could be lingering behind every corner, and now Lionel even has us worried about aliens with their latest product spotlight.
We partned with MTH Trains to help railroaders like you get their model train collection online. Our recent webinar drew hundreds of attendees that learned to manage their collection online with DASH, and two lucky people won a prize along the way.
Despite the thousands of railroaders across the world building layouts of their favorite times and regions, very few focus on the various seasons of the year. As the colors change outside our windows here in the month of October, I like looking to layouts that feature the vibrant colors of reality. This layout does exactly that and earns the "box office" treatment today.
You may have noticed that DASH has experienced some unfortunate downtime this week. It was caused by a freak smoke-related incident at our hosting company's facility. To fight that "fire" we've created a special new event on the DASH Marketplace this weekend.
Fans of last year's American Flyer Heritage Series pieces will be excited by Lionel's latest product spotlight. There's a rainbow of new trains on the way and they're wonderful tributes full of great features.
A couple months ago, DASH and MTH teamed up to give away an incredible new $430 BNSF ES44 Diesel Locomotive. The winner was DASH user EngineerBob, and he was kind enough to send along a photo after receiving his prize.
Thanks to the continued success of DASH and our many partnerships across the model train world, we just gave away a brand new $140 Lionel LCCA 2013 Convention Exclusive Switcher. The giveaway was well received by railroaders across the globe, and now we've selected one lucky grand prize winner.
In a new email, Polk's has announced that they will be closing the doors on their business at the end of the year. As the folks behind Aristocraft Trains, this is a unfortunate announcement and a definite loss to the hobby.