Meet Dad

image I just found this way cool picture of my Dad at the Pacific Science Center Train show a couple of years ago. He is an avid Z Scale train modeler and collector with an extensive collection of vintage trains from the mid-west, most of those that passed through his home state of Kansas. His organization has gotten smaller and smaller as the years progressed but still the Northwest Pacific Z Scalers is the most active in the Northwest.

Tom sez, “Not everyone is interested in modules or has the desire to spend an entire train show running trains.  We have come up with an event that might encourage people to demonstrate their Z scale skills.  At most of our shows, we have set up an area called “BYOZ” or “Bring Your Own Z”. This area has standard 8’ tables to display and run “carry in” Z scale layouts. We supply the tables, power, and manage the area. Here’s how it works:

image 1) Bring your layout with you to the show…suitcase, pre-formed, custom, whatever…just limit the size to something you can carry into the show…up to 2’ x 4’ and be able to set on a table top.

2) We provide a space for you on a “first come, first run” basis. Come in anytime during the show and stay as long as you like.

3) We limit operations to 2 hours if there others waiting. Depending on how many people show up with layouts and trains, we could have a number of layouts running at a time (2 per 8’ table or even more with smaller layouts). If nobody is waiting to display, those already displaying can stay as long as they want.

4) We do ask you to stay and run your layout while on display. We have found that people are most interested when there are trains running and “little fingers” tend to only “attack” trains that are standing still!

5) Our club members have small layouts that will be on display and running when there is no one else showing.

6) We will provide stanchions and ropes to keep a little distance from the layouts. However, you will be responsible for your own layout and trains.  You don’t have to a member of the club to participate in the BYOZ…just show up!

So there you have it. If you would like more information ping Tom Gilchrist.

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About Gandalfe

Just an itinerant saxophonist trying to find life between the changes. I have retired from the Corps of Engineers and Microsoft. I am an admin on the Woodwind Forum, run the Microsoft Jumpin' Jive Orchestra, and enjoy time with family and friends.
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2 Responses to Meet Dad

  1. john says:

    Z scale is cool but for people with eagle eyes and surgical fingers, I have neither.My travels to the NW, I was more into the scenery at the time and trains were secondary.Now I wish I had taken more pictures of RR stuff back then.Thanks for the post.

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