Tribute to Springfield module built by Jim Spavins.

One of the 20+ new modules constructed by the Mohegan Pequot Model Railroad Club, the 2'x4' Tribute to Springfield module on display at the 2015 Railroad Hobby Show. | Photo by Jim Spavins.

2015 Railroad Hobby Show

Show Highlights

On the 20th anniversary of one of the largest snow storms to interrupt a Railroad Hobby Show, 8" of snow fell on Saturday to keep the crowds down. The show still opened on time and many of the vendors and exhibitors arrived early but the show had a quiet first day. The snow stopped just before the show closed for the day making it somewhat easy to head back to hotels for the evening. On Sunday, the crowds were heavier than usual and made up for some of the attendance lost on Saturday. Considering how bad the weather was, over 14,000 people still braved the conditions to come out and see the show.

Those who ventured out to the show were treated to over 450+ vendors and exhibitors spread across four buildings. There were some new additions to the show this year. One of the new layouts was a T-trak layout which was assembled from various T-trak groups around the Northeast. The T-trak concept is relatively new, (started about 2001) and features N scale on very small modules which are placed on standard folding tables. This makes the modules very easy to build and transport. The group had a nice display inside the Young Building.

Also inside the Young Building, the Mohegan Pequot Model Railroad Club’s HO layout is under going massive renovations. After winning the 2014 First Place Module Group Award at the National Train Show in Cleveland, OH, the club added over 80 linear feet of layout in the fall. The overall layout now features 82 module sections and just over 320 linear feet of mainline run – that’s close to five scale miles.

Over in the Mallary Complex, the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway Museum once again brought a piece of real railroad equipment to the show. This time it was a Model T Railcar. This recently completed restoration project was started back in 2010 and was really a show stopper.

Despite the weather, the show was another success. The 2016 Railroad Hobby Show will be held on January 30 and 31, 2016.

Show Awards

  • 2015 Best in Show Module – Ntrak Carnival Module
  • 2015 Best in Show Layout - Central New York Modelers
  • 2015 Best in Show Layout - Chester & Beckett - F Scale Layout

Grants - Amherst Railway Society Founder's Award

  • NRHS Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley - Project 3713 - B&M Steam Restoration

2015 Show Facts

Dates: January 24-25, 2015
Hours: Sat. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: Adults: $14, Children: Free
Attendance: 14,217+
Venue: Eastern States Exposition
Buildings: Better Living Center, Young Building, Stroh Building, Mallary Complex
Location: West Springfield, MA

2015 Railroad Hobby Show Media Coverage

2015 Railroad Hobby Show Videos

2015 Show Car

Amherst Refinery Services - ARSX 201524

2015 Show Car Highlights

Roadname: Amherst Refinery Services
Car Number: ARSX 201524
Car Type: Tank Car
Manufacturer: Atlas
Description: The 2015 edition show car was an Atlas 22,500 gallon tank car. The modern car features Amherst Refinery Services lettering and safety striping.

2015 Railroad Hobby Show Grants

2015 Show Flyer

2015 Show Map

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