My First York
by Paul J. Licata
I finally made it to York. I was not disappointed!
I started my visit by leaning against
my favorite engine (GG1) in the PA RR Museum.
Then off to the Toy Train Museum to hear
the latest news from the Lionel, MTH, Weaver,
DCS is very impressive and will find a
comfortable home on many layouts. Lionel
has another "special" thousand dollar plus
engine plus a very smart marketing campaign
with Wendys coming up. K-Line continues
to WOW with their great deals on nicely
detailed items (KCC Switcher for one) and
Weaver has a solid offering in their niche.
I met up late with the OGRR Forum people
thursday night at Fridays. A nice bunch
Friday morning I got to the fairgrounds
early and hooked up for the breakfast meeting
with Clem. Another nice fellowship.
The fun begins at 9:00 a.m. when the doors
open to all the halls. I never thought I
would be overwhelmed by sheer volumes of
toy trains. But nothing will prepare you
for the amount of product available to meet
any taste/budget. I stopped at every table
enjoying seeing products that are advertised
each issue in OGRR or CTT. I picked up four
bearing rollers from JAK Tools to run my
engines in place. The new version even has
wheel cleaners built into the product. Neat.
The AOL group met at noon and again that
evening at the Viking Club. What a great
bunch of guys - this was fun. Putting the
names and faces together far away from the
monitor on my computer.
I picked up a couple of other small items
and had the required hot pretzel and lemonade
during a break from the action.
If you have been considering the jaunt
to York. I have one word: GO
This newbie will be back in October.