If you're in the Northeastern United States, you should be swinging by the Amherst Railway Society's Railroad Hobby Show every year. It's a growing show that's already got more than enough model train goodness to last you an entire weekend!
Every year when late January rolls around, you'll find loads of railroaders headed northeast. They're on their way to the Eastern States Exposition Fairgrounds in West Springfield Massachusetts to join 25,000 fellow railroaders and general public for the Amherst Railway Society's Railroad Hobby Show.
It's well worth the trip, as the event includes both real life railroads and lots of scale model railroads, historical societies, travel agencies, art shows, flea market dealers, photographers, and even a few manufacturers. You'll find the perfect craftsmanship of various modelers thanks to layouts in every scale. The Amherst Belt Lines is a regular attendee of particular interest, due to their impressive HO scale model railroad empire. It now features more than 11 scale miles of mainline (650+ feet of mainline track) on 96 modules. And this year's event will showcase another record-breaking train with 250+ cars from The Dry Hill Club!
Numerous commercial vendors and hobbyists will be selling model trains (including our very own DASH seller Trainz), photos, books, and loads of other railroad memorabilia of various sorts. You'll be able to find new and antique railroad items, big-time manufacturers and publishers will be in attendance, and even see a few new product announcements too! This show was rated one of the country's top three shows in a recent Model Railroad Industry Association manufacturer's survey, so you know it'll be a good one.
Trainz at the Show
Visit DASH Seller Trainz at the show for a cool giveaway!
We hope you're able to find time to swing by this weekend and make the most of this amazing show. I sure wish I could be there this year!