Mid-Hudson On30 Meet Report

April 16-17, 2010

April showers bring On30 modelers to the Mid-Hudson On20 Meet. Dave Camisa and I traveled from New York City up the Hudson River valley to Gardiner, NY for the annual spring get together. Great models, clinics, and displays were all in evidence, Many fine dealers were on hand to relieve us of any surplus cash and provided an excellent choice of goodies to choose from. Most of all, it was a time to meet old friends, make new ones and have a great time socializing. Below are some of the photos I took at the meet. Enjoy, and I hope to see YOU at the fall meet on October 22-23 this year.

Allen Littlefield organizes the show twice a year, in the spring and fall. My thanks to Allen and to all those who contributed to making this another great show.

The Meet

Here are some photos I took while wandering around the meet.

Next are some photos of the many interesting models displayed and clinics presented at the meet.

Les & Ann Davis

Once again Les kept busy demonstrating decoder installations and using JMRI Decoder Pro to program DCC equipped locomotives. Ann was also in attendance, keeping busy with her beautiful art work.

Alan Carroll

Alan was busy demonstrating his bashes of S scale locos and rolling stock to On30.

Colin Claxon

This time out Colin had some of his rolling stock on display. He was busy working on weathering some of his cars.

On30 Equipment Display by Paul Zavislak

Paul had some really interesting and unique models on display.

This little beauty is self-propelled!

The Connecticut Shoreline On30 Layout

The Connecticut Shoreline On30 group's layout was again on display. This is a beautiful sectional On30 layout. This time around I tried to focus attention on the many beautifully detailed scenes and vignettes on the layout.

Overall aerial view of the layout.

Looks like a new Firehouse is in the works!

The layout also features a small loop of On18 track and equipment. The Brookville locomotive and cars are from Railway Recollections.

Thanks to Sandy Alonzo, Jim Skeffington, Rob Larson and Bob Lee for all of their hard work in displaying the layout. There is always something new to see.

Allen LittlefieldAllen had some of his beautiful locomotive bashes on display. The diesel critter shown in the first five photos is a kit available from Don Kralik's Xeodon Design.

The Rust ClinicAllen Littlefield conducted a clinic on rusting techniques. Attendees brought their own models and got a chance to try out Allen's techniques. Allen plans on conducting this clinic again at the fall meet on October 22-23 this year.

John EngbersIt seems that there are always some HOn30 models on display at Mid-Hudson meets, and this one was no exception. John had some of his HOn30 models on display and running. He also had some of the newly revivied MiniTrains on display.

The Maine ContingentBob Willard, Greg Ouellette and Jim Gaffney made the trip from Maine to attend the meet, and brought along some beautiful models to display.

Joe ScheneckJoe had some very nicely done models from his Allamuchy and Tranquility RR on display.

That's Bill Orlando seated and Joe Scheneck standing.

Boxcar ExchangeAt the October 2009 meet Les Davis proposed conducting a boxcar exchange in April. Participants took an out-of-the-box Bachmann boxcar, lettered them for their railroads and painted and/or weathered them. Ten modelers took place in the exchange. Each boxcar was given a number and then a number was drawn for each entrant. They then were presented with the boxcar bearing that number. Here are the boxcars entered:

The exchange was a great success and another is scheduled for the fall meet. This time around the car to be exchanged will be a flatcar with load. So pick up a Bachmann On30 flatcar and get to work!

Dealers and Manufacturers

Our favorite dealers and manufacturers had the usual gallery of goodies to examine and purchase. Thanks to all who attended. The vendors who take the time to set up at our shows and display their wares are certainly deserving of our support. I can recommend them all from personal experience:


Bill Orlando had a great selection of his On30 SCRATCH-KITS on display. These are economical 22' freight car kits. Bill also has a cattle pen available, and is planning on some new passenger car kits. More information is available on the IMA Website.

Crusader Rail Services

Crusader Rail Services - Ray & Mary Kaminski...and Gracie - Website

Deerfield River Laser

Deerfield River Laser - Ed & Diane Fillion - Website

Nate's Light Iron Hobbies

Nate had a nice selection of the new HOn30 MiniTrains for sale.

Nate's Light Iron Hobbies - Nathan Kline - Website

The Peterboro Railroad

Peterboro Railroad - John Weigel - Website

Valley Model Trains

Valley Model Trains - Pat Hennebery - Website

Warrior Run Locomotive Works

Warrior Run Locomotive Works - Clem O'Jevich - Website

All good things must come to an end, and so it was for the April meet. Many thanks to Allen and all who attended and contributed. The next meet is scheduled for October 22-23, 2010. I hope to see you all there!

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