November 28-29, 2015
National Model Railroad Open House
AJ and I arrived at the church to set up a little after 7 am Saturday morning. The venue’s size meant unloading took little time, and AJ and I began setting up. About 7:30, just as the last clamps were put in place on the tables, Ed arrived. We quickly got him unloaded and got the skirting on the tables. The track and buildings set up just as quick, and at 10:30, 3 hours after we really began setting up (and 30 minutes after the show opened) we were completely done, minifigs and all. I’m not sure that’s a record, but it was close. Texas City, which was almost the exact same layout, took over twice as long. We worked out the bugs, I guess.
Changes from the Texas City layout were mainly focused on the inclusion of a Winter area, using LEGO’s winter sets. Ed did a great job setting that up, and it was extremely well liked by all. Other minor changes included relocating the Rock Cut, change in the forested area, redesign of the yard, and the inclusion of the updated Mini Train Layout.
Unlike previous years, the layouts were limited to the one room, and only three were present – ours and two HO layouts. We were given more space than we really needed, which made public viewing very easy.
The show attendance was light, heavy for the Orange Show from several years ago, but lighter than last year. The organizers used to have a month long event, which spread out the overall attendance, but last year condensed it into the one weekend. Several members of the public said they came specifically to see the LEGO display, which was a great feeling.