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VCarter Supporting Member of TMP06 Mar 2017 12:55 p.m. PST

Considering the sad state of gaming (cosplay) conventions in Denver, I made my first visit to a model train show The Rocky Mountain Train show Wow.

The place was packed. No question about their next generation since about 1/2 the attendees were under 12 (they even had a cub scout troop room).

Only one occasion of an unpleasant odor.

The venue was about the size of Historicon with two very large rooms and several hallways with room attached.

About 1/2 of the floor space was taken up with running layouts (games) and the other 1/2 was a combination of vendors and individuals selling their wares.

Wargame relation I did find some Roco WWII softskins and a trailer for my Zombie trailer park.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP06 Mar 2017 12:59 p.m. PST

Yep, railroad shows are a good place to pick up buildings and terrain.

whitphoto Supporting Member of TMP06 Mar 2017 1:03 p.m. PST

I've thought about visiting the local model train shows. The main reason I haven't is because they never seem to be on a weekend I'm off!

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian06 Mar 2017 1:14 p.m. PST

Was there a swap meet/flea market area?

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP06 Mar 2017 1:28 p.m. PST

Re: swap meet – not that I could tell, however, It appeared to me the vendors and individuals were mixed throughout the show.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP06 Mar 2017 3:51 p.m. PST

Interesting. I'd been seeing comments that they had more of a "graying of the hobby" problem than did. (Average age of a Model Railways subscriber was 65+, I heard.)

Personal logo aegiscg47 Supporting Member of TMP06 Mar 2017 4:25 p.m. PST

Very similar to our hobby in that there's a ton of interest at shows, but it's not cheap to build an army or in their case a train layout. The local train show here is jammed packed for three straight days and there are several clubs in the area. However,, I know someone in one of those clubs and the attendance at club meetings is spotty at best, the projects can go on for years, and some of the buildings, engines, etc., can get very expensive. I go as it's a great place to get terrain and tools.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP06 Mar 2017 5:22 p.m. PST


I also went to the show in Denver and had a great time. I pick up several Buildings for my 3d Arkham Horror game I'am working on. They had several good demos for terrain building and free trees.

The G Dog Fezian Inactive Member06 Mar 2017 6:07 p.m. PST

Interesting. I'd been seeing comments that they had more of a "graying of the hobby" problem than did. (Average age of a Model Railways subscriber was 65+, I heard.)

At 51, I'm the second youngest member of my model train club.

I keep meaning to run games on my train layout. I'm close to having the landscaping done!


boy wundyr x Inactive Member07 Mar 2017 9:18 a.m. PST

I'm taking my 2yo nephew to a train show in a couple of weeks, he likes trains and I'm going to buy HO-scale cars for 15mm gaming, so win-win!

Wonkothesane Inactive Member08 Mar 2017 4:28 a.m. PST

UK railway model shows knock wargaming shows deep into the long grass.

Railway model traders produce a far higher standard of product, and rail enthusiasts are prepared to pay for quality without the constant whinging.

They seem to be run by enthusiasts who are keen to show off the better side of their hobby, rather than by massive egos keen for others to fund their gaming at exhorbitant entry fees.

And, as you say, far more rail fans seem to have discovered the benefits of soap and deodorant.

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