This past weekend, I displayed my Sn2 Free-mo modules at the Midwest Narrow Gauge Show. Had a great time interacting with other Sn2 modelers and many more.
Chris McChesney posted the following on the Sn2Trains.io group along with two photos.
Good show for Sn2. Lots to see and run. David Keith brought several modules including Bigelow Yard, White Birch Tank, Salmon Hole Bridge, Maplewood Flag Stop and siding and a mind-blowing two-track sector plate turned whole-train turntable!
Gary White and I had great fun operating Dave’s modules with locos WW&F #7 and SR&RL #6 on DCC and Dave appreciated the breaks and help with tear-down. On that subject, I recommend that more people commit to helping out module owners with set up, lunch breaks, bathroom breaks, tear down and just general time for the module owner to enjoy walking around any show.
Dave had several SR&RL pieces of rolling stock and Gary White brought even more. I brought Eric Larson’s small fleet of WW&F cars that I upgraded with freshly built Smokey Mountain Models freight and passenger trucks. Everything ran great and any problems that arose were resolved on the fly.
There was a dealer there with a huge selection of Sn2 brass including some custom weathered pieces done by Matt Sharp back in the day. The dealer also had many pieces of finished Sn2 rolling stock from the SR&RL, WW&F and KC. Gary picked up a nice SR&RL pulp rack and I was tempted by two nice KC boxcars.
Matt and Nancy Sharp were also there with the resurrected Train & Trooper. While Matt does not plan to have a shop, he will carry a selection of items for mail order. He had a ton of S Aspen Models resin figures and animals at the show and many were purchased.
Matt also announced his new Sn2 prairie brass loco project and was looking for feedback and interest. Initially he planned SR&RL #16 and #18, but he said he has had more queries about WW&F #6. That being the case, I mentioned that the SR&RL #19 is actually a sister engine to the WW&F #6 and there are only a few major detail differences in the as-built locos: counterweight shape, number of sand domes, and cylinder side shape. If you are interested in any of these prairie possibilities, you should email Matt at trainandtrooper at gmail.com.
I’m not sure there is much more for me to add. I had a great time. Enjoyed talking up Sn2 and modeling with anyone who walked by. Thanks to all who helped me with setup and teardown. Thanks to Gary for the best event in years (I still have fond memories of the early years in the church).
If anyone else got more photos of the setup, I’d love to post them….
I came out of the event pumped for Sn2 and I hope such momentum continues forward for some time to come! Stay tuned….