Manassas Railway Festival in Manassas, Virginia on June 3, 2000

This show was under the auspices of WAMALUG before the founding of WamaLTC.

The folks at Manassas contacted us about setting up a table at the train show, so we rolled out in force for our first outdoors show. It was a beautiful day, perfect weather to be out and about. We were the big hit of the show, attracting more than our share of crowds and interested passers-by, but we’d come to expect that.

New Plexiglas barriers just visible at the left of the layout reflecting a passing train.

The show was also the debut of Plexiglas barriers on the tables. They worked ok, but kids still liked reaching over the barriers to grab passing trains and anything else in reach. Hopefully we will figure out a way to avoid this problem in the future!

Our downtown featured Richard W. Schamus’ blue railroad station.

Our downtown was an interesting mismatch of buildings this time. Christopher Tracey’s normal stock of buildings was packed, so we had to make do. Luckily, Martha Tracey’s excellent hardware and bicycle shop made it, along with a new music gazebo and the formal introduction of Richard W. Schamus’ Blue Station.

A rural section of the layout was a change of pace.

The best addition to our table was the new “other corner.” For a change, we built a rural area with farms and fields, and Chris designed a wonderful mountain with a little fishing pond.

Just off the rural area was the bridge crossing with Jennifer and Dan Boger’s black trestle bridge.

New to the yard was Chris’ improved engine shed with lots of wonderful detail inside (including a spiffy “working” arc welder). Chris also build a sister engine to his very popular GP-35.

Not to be outdone, Tom Cook built a great-looking pair of black Norfolk Southern engines (at least I think that’s what he called it :-) ). [Editor’s note: the black body and white stripe would be prototypical for the NS predecessor railroad Southern Railway.]

Cool things from the show:

Funny things that happened:

Brickshelf gallery of Abe Friedman.