North American Van Lines Tractor Trailer in the Young Building.

North American Van Lines Tractor Trailer in the Young Building. | Photo by Jim Spavins.

1997 Big Railroad Hobby Show

Show Highlights

Before the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum was wowing the crowds at the show with their full size narrow gauge dairy car, vendors in the Young Building got quite a show each year in the late 1990s and early 2000s. During this time period, one of the members of the Mohegan Pequot Model Railroad Club was a commercial truck driver. He worked for a moving company and had access to a tractor and 53' trailer. Since it was the slow season for the moving company, they agreed to donate the use of the trailer to the club for about a week around the show. The Wednesday before the show, the club would pack up its HO and G scale layouts inside the trailer. Early Friday morning, the tractor trailer was the first entrant into the building as club members would race to unload so other exhibitors and vendors could enter and begin their setup. After the show on Sunday, the tractor trailer would be the last vehicle into the building as many vendors needed to do move out before there was enough room to enter the Young Building.

This was certainly an unusual sight for those working in the Young Building and would bring everything to a stop as the big doors were opened and the rumble of the tractor-trailer filled the building. The first year the club was able to use the trailer was 1997 (which is shown in the video here). For eight years, this was the routine. While today the club simply has its members bring their own modules - typically in personal vehicles - this was a fun behind-the-scenes story for a number of years of the show.

The 1998 Railroad Hobby Show will be held on January 31-February 1, 1998.

1997 Show Facts

Dates: February 1-2, 1997
Hours: 10:00 am to 5 p.m.
Admission: Adults: $5, Children: $1
Venue: Eastern States Exposition
Buildings: Better Living Center, Young Building
Location: West Springfield, MA

1997 Big Railroad Hobby Show Videos

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