Mid-Hudson On30 Meet Report

May 2-3, 2008

Time again to journey up the Hudson River valley to attend the Mid-Hudson On30 meet. Again we had a great time; great modeling, great layouts, great fun and socializing. As usual I took plenty of photos to share with those who could not attend.

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 it another great show.

Our Tri-State On30 Module group was to set up our layout. Three of us were able to make it and we have made some progress since our first meet. We ran trains from end to end and I forgot to bring the Golden Spike! What really counts is that we had FUN!

The Show

Attendance was down a bit from last year, but there were still plenty of On30ites in attendance.

Venors displayed their goodies, modelers brought their work, and On30 was the topic of many conversations.

Models on Display

Models by Bob Robbins

Large Scale Sawdust Mill and Models
Displayed by Craig Zeliner (the builder)
and Stan McElnea.

Models by Justin McGuire

Models by Les Davis

Railcar by Michael Greene


Alan Carroll demonstrates how he narrows Bachmann passenger cars.

Fodder for a future bash??

Allen Littlefield conducts his Alchemy-101 clinic on making plastic look like wood.


The Connecticut Shore On30 group was present once again with their beautiful sectional On30 layout.

Overall Views of the Layout

Scenes Along the Right of Way


Thanks to Sandy Alonzo, Jim Skeffington, Rob Larson and Newell Sage for sharing their layout with us at the show. The group will be displaying the layout at Kimberton this year, along with their HOn30 layout.

Tri-State On30 Module GroupThe Tri-State group brought six On30 modules to the show forming a 2' x 28' layout. We will also be setting up with the Mid-Atlantic On30 Module group at the Kimberton Narow Gauge Module Meet on May 16-18 this year. New members are welcome!

Vendors and Manufacturers

What would a train meet be without lots of goodies to purchase and drool over? There were plenty at the show as evidenced by the large dent in my wallet. These folks were willing to take the time to come to the show and display their wares for us and are deserving of our support. I can recommend them all from personal experience:

Deerfield River Laser - Ed & Diane Fillion - Website

Peterboro Railroad - John Weigel - Website

Crusader Rail Services - Ray & Mary Kaminski - Email

Valley Model Trains - Pat Hennebery - Website

Next year's meet is already scheduled, so mark it on your calendars. The dates are April 17 & 18, 2009. Allen Littlefield explains that it is scheduled earlier in the year because "Motels raise rates up to 50% after May 1. A number of attendees requested the date change in order to save on lodging costs and I certainly agree with that. Also this gives a bit of time between Mid Hudson and Kimberton as the same attendees say that they plan on attending both but have trouble with the dates being so close. So there it is, next spring: April 17/18 Fri & Sat same time and place."

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