Group photo of the S Scale Workshop.

Group photo of the creators of the Best in Show layout for the 2013 Railroad Hobby Show - the S Scale Workshop. | Photo by Simon Parent. Used with permission.

2013 Railroad Hobby Show

Show Highlights

The Amherst Railway Society celebrated the 45th anniversary of the Railroad Hobby Show in 2013. A number of new exhibitors joined the show this year including the S Scale Workshop from Canada. Their beautiful modular layout was set up in a point to point fashion in the Mallary Complex and drew lots of crowds. The group put in quite the effort to travel to the US for the weekend but they were rewarded for their travel with a Best in Show award.

Just a few steps away from the S Scale Workshop, the Pepperell Siding Model Railroad Club had their expanding HO scale modular layout setup. It included 650 linear feet of mainline trackage with a staging yard having over 200 linear feet of storage capacity. Each year, the group attempts to bring something new to keep it interesting for the attendees to the show. This year, the club added twelve feet of modules to keep the layout looking fresh.

Over in the Young Building, the Mohegan Pequot Model Railroad Club’s HO and G scale layouts were completely overhauled in the past twelve months. This included a switch to DCC from a DC system for the HO layout. All new wiring was added to over 60 module sections in order to complete this transition. In addition, for both layouts, new appearance standards – complete with a change to black skirting and green fascias – were finished as well.

The 2014 Railroad Hobby Show will be held on January 25 and 26, 2014.

Show Awards

  • 2013 Best in Show Module – Dry Hill Terminal
  • 2013 Best in Show Layout - S Scale Workshop

Grants - Amherst Railway Society Founder's Award

  • Frank Newhall Look Park Steamer Railroad - Track Replacement

2013 Show Facts

Dates: January 26-27, 2013
Hours: Sat. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Adults: $10, Children: Free
Attendance: 20,557+
Venue: Eastern States Exposition
Buildings: Better Living Center, Young Building, Stroh Building, Mallary Complex
Location: West Springfield, MA

2013 Railroad Hobby Show Media Coverage


2013 Railroad Hobby Show Videos


2013 Show Car

Amherst Belt Lines - ABEL 201301

2013 Show Car Highlights

Roadname: Amherst Belt Lines
Car Number: ABEL 201301
Car Type: Covered Hopper
Manufacturer: Exactrail
Description: 2013 marked the 45th year of the Railroad Hobby Show and this Exactrail Covered Hopper car was commissioned with two different road numbers - 201301 and 196802.

2013 Railroad Hobby Show Grants


2013 Show Flyer

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