Springfield 2010

I just returned from my first trip to the Amherst Hobby Show, also known as the Springfield show which is held every year around the end of January in West Springfield, MA. This was my first time making the trip up there (around 4 hours from home), but since I knew a lot of people who were going to be there I decided to go.

A few comments about the show, it is held over two days and with the amount of show space it takes almost all the time to see everything.  The show uses four buildings (two large, two small) to hold all the vendors and layouts for the show.  A lot of the vendors there I’ve seen in local train shows but there were a ton more that were different than the normal ones.  Overall it was worth it to meet the people I did meet as well as for the show.

I made a couple purchases at the show which lead into my first projects for 2010.

1) Photos – I picked up a couple interesting photos from Bob’s photo, one is of a Watchman’s tower in Lebanon, PA of which I had never seen that view.  Also there was a Reading MOW hirail vehicle from the mid 60’s.

2) Motrak Models – I picked up one of Davidson Kits from Motrak Models (http://tinyurl.com/y8r8dnp).  Jeff supports the Model Railcast Show and I decided to get one of his buildings, afterwards on the MRCS show site we’ve decided to have a little contest building the kit.  I’ve still a little undecided as to what I want to make the structure.  I may do it as a Reading Company Yard Office, of which I don’t have any photos but something that may look close enough.

3) Kato SD45 – Found a Reading Kato SD45 at one of the stores and after thinking about it I decided to purchase it.  That moves the timeframe of my layout to July 1967 or later, but so be it 🙂

4) Dcc – I also picked up two soundtraxx decoders, one for the SD45, one for a Atlas GP7 which I’ve had on the shelf.  I also got a NCE decoder for the Lifelike SW1200 engine, which I have an undecorated unit to use as the main switcher for Hershey.

Projects for 2010:

1) Build Davidson Kit – Contest will run until March 1st so this will be my primary kit build right now
2) DCC install for SD45
3) DCC install for GP7
4) DCC install for SW1200
5) Build/Paint SW1200 – I’m looking to bring this one to the RPM meet in Valley Forge at the end of March if I get it far enough along.


3 Responses to “Springfield 2010”

  1. Nick Kulp Says:

    I model the Cornwall Railroad. Are you from Lebanon ? I have several photos of the area where the Reading would park their power for local switching at Horntown Yard. I am currently planning a new Cornwall Railroad after I had to dismantle the old layout after 17 years of operation. I will be looking for operators when it is fininshed. Look up Cornwall Railroad and you will see a couple of great websites. One is my friend James Mattern. He did a couple of the Cornwall Railroad locos and we took photos on my layout. I also have some good shots of Lebanon Chemical in Avon.


    • robhink Says:


      Thank you for posting here, I have followed the development of your railroad with interest. I am actually from right outside of Philadelphia so it’s probably too far of a drive to be a regular operator but I would be interested to visiting some time.

      I also be interested in any information that you have about the Reading operations in Lebanon, it has been interesting uncovering some of the stuff that used to be there. I’m be interested in those photos of Horntown Yard (I found one on ebay recently and I need to scan), Lebanon Chemical and any of the Bethlehem Steel plant if you have them


      Rob Hinkle

  2. Nick Kulp Says:

    Hi Rob,

    I am a regular operator at the GATSME club at Valley Forge. Several members there are also former Cornwall operators. If you really want a GREAT source for photos of Lebanon railroadig, including a Ton of Cornwall Railroad photos, contact the Lebanon Historical Society and purchase the book, “Railroads of Lebanon County” by Donald Rhoads. It is one of the BEST books I ever purchased and for around $25.00 It can’t be beat. I also have detailed maps of the railroads in Lebanon all the way to Avon. They show streets, businesses and old industries that no longer exist. I also have the complete plan for the Bethlehem Steel Plant in Lebanon, including all of the tracks around the plant.

    If you want to contact me off-list, you could send me contact information. That way we could set up a good time to get together.


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