Overview of the Young Building during the 2008 Railroad Hobby Show.

Overview of the Young Building during the 2008 Railroad Hobby Show. | Photo by Jim Spavins.

2008 Railroad Hobby Show

Show Highlights

2008 brought some big changes to the Railroad Hobby Show with the addition of a fourth - yes fourth - building to the already huge train show at the Eastern States Exposition. Along with the Better Living Center, Young Building, and Stroh Building, a portion of the Mallary Complex was opened to allow for several new vendors and exhibitors as well as allow some of the current exhibitors to move and expand their operations.

For example, the Dry Hill Terminal - a division of the host Amherst Belt Lines - was able to separate their modules and display their own layout at the show inside the Mallary Complex. This greatly expanded what was an already interesting set of modules - featuring a large modern yard - to an entire stand alone layout.

In addition, the Pepperell Siding Model Railroad Club moved out of the Young Building and was given a larger footprint to expand their modular railroad in the new building. Also, the Torrington Area Model Railroaders were able to bring their N and HO scale modular railroads among others.

The 2009 Railroad Hobby Show will be held on January 24 and 25, 2009.

2008 Show Facts

Dates: January 26-27, 2008
Hours: Sat. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Adults: $10, Children: Free
Attendance: 20,673+
Venue: Eastern States Exposition
Buildings: Better Living Center, Young Building, Stroh Building, Mallary Complex
Location: West Springfield, MA

2008 Railroad Hobby Show Media Coverage


2008 Railroad Hobby Show Videos


2008 Show Car

Amherst Belt Lines - ABEL C-30

2008 Show Car Highlights

Roadname: Amherst Belt Lines
Car Number: ABEL C-30
Car Type: Modern Caboose
Manufacturer: Athearn
Description: Breaking with the freight car tradition, the 2008 show car was a caboose for the Amherst Belt Lines. It was a modern style caboose in, appropriately, red.

2008 Railroad Hobby Show Grants

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