AMRA Caulfield 2016

 
  Quambatook Junior Train Controller

Arrived Saturday afternoon (a day earlier than expected) and enjoyed a great afternoon. I know that their will be debate about how many layouts were present VS commercial sellers etc.. and the ready to run options as opposed to the scratch builders and some complaints from vendors about slow sales. (maybe customers are "shopped out" after recent releases)
For me though it was a lovely afternoon to view the various exhibits. Purchased nothing but gathered inspiration and memories of layouts made by people of far superior modelling skills than I could ever be.
Well Done, Quambatook.

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  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
What were numbers like this year?  If takings for the commerical guys were down was there a correlation to to the number of visitors given a 50% entrance fee hike?
  c3526blue Deputy Commissioner

Location: in the cuckoos nest
Sadly, in my opinion, the availability of all plastic stuff in boxes which people run for has diminished the quality of the modelling. I look to see the quality of the layouts, but most of them seem to be running RTR locos hauling long trains of RTR rollingstock, mostly unweathered. The influx of RTR models has been a godsend for many, but there seems to me to be a distinct inverse relationship between the availability of such and the quality of the modelling.
duttonbay
Yes, sadly (too) today it all seems to be about "collecting" and being amongst the first to get the latest whiz bang special.

I admire those that go beyond the box opening skill and individualise their models or shock/horror kit or scratch build their own.

On the obverse the availability of RTR should give people more time to spend on developing their layout.  Unfortunately I haven't seen much evidence of this.

Happy (old fashioned) modelling,

John
  SA_trains Deputy Commissioner

Location: ACT
Sadly, in my opinion, the availability of all plastic stuff in boxes which people run for has diminished the quality of the modelling. I look to see the quality of the layouts, but most of them seem to be running RTR locos hauling long trains of RTR rollingstock, mostly unweathered. The influx of RTR models has been a godsend for many, but there seems to me to be a distinct inverse relationship between the availability of such and the quality of the modelling.
Yes, sadly (too) today it all seems to be about "collecting" and being amongst the first to get the latest whiz bang special.

I admire those that go beyond the box opening skill and individualise their models or shock/horror kit or scratch build their own.

On the obverse the availability of RTR should give people more time to spend on developing their layout.  Unfortunately I haven't seen much evidence of this.

Happy (old fashioned) modelling,

John
c3526blue

Funny that you should say this. I'm in a bit of a discussion with a manufacturer about a R-T-R loco I have bought with the intention to kit bash into something else. The POC for the company felt compelled to advise me that what I was intending to do would likely void my warranty!

Yes, yes it will..... especially what I have in mind!!!!!   SmileSmileSmile

(the loco is partially dismantled, but not yet irreversibly! Haven't taken the saw to it yet! By the end of the first weekend in September, I suspect that my warranty will be void!)  SmileSmile
  ARodH Chief Train Controller

Location: East Oakleigh, Vic
I attended, wandered around for a bit. Only bought two items a BHG from SDS and another Auscision storage box, both items that should be locally available and contemplated getting some San Mateo signals. Spent a bit of time boggling at the Triang layout with all it's items that I've only seen in a catalogue and that's about it.
A few of the traders would've got me buying big some years back if they'd the starter packs they had on offer available. Might've even got me jumping from VR to DR or even UP.
  gw0071 Deputy Commissioner

The instant gratification of 'plonking' probably mirrors societal changes

Another point to consider is that economically times are austere, probably more so for some than others. I'd hesitate to guess that model rail is in the majority the domain of the empty-nester, whether that be by 'choice' or due to the passing of time and competing commitments

Perhaps it's a case of strolling to buy x1 or sprinting to purchase x3

I won't be hypocritical and pretend that I don't enjoy a bargain however, once the shopping is out of the way I do take the time to admire and appreciate the work of others

As long as you're polite, respectful of others and wear deodorant it's all merely reflective of this zany human 'race'
  jakar Assistant Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
I attended the exhibition on Sunday and was pretty impressed with the quality of the layouts and presentation of the stands etc.

The only criticism/suggestion I have is, is there a way to make viewing the layouts more child friendly? I took my two boys (almost 5 and 3) along by myself which meant having to lift them up at almost every layout so they could see the trains, and although i'm not the most unfit person this soon got very tiring.

I can appreciate why the layouts are at the height they are, and I personally prefer them closer to eyesight than low, but is it possible for the organizers or exhibitors to consider providing seats or a short section of steps so the shorter and younger ones can also see what is going on? There would obviously have to be exceptions to this such as very small layouts or pinch points where there is no room etc. The last exhibition I attended was at Morwell, where by 'accident' or design, from memory most of the layouts have seats around the front of them allowing children to be able to see by themselves providing a better experience for them and their parents.

edit: Just to add to the above, I did see a couple of families carrying around little portable steps and a little step ladder so I must not be the only one who had troubles.

jakar
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Any sprinter trains to look at early peeks ?
  lkernan Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
Any sprinter trains to look at early peeks ?
freightgate
Look here:
https://www.facebook.com/On-Track-Models-194547763973725/
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
The website looks like the place for order forms.

http://ontrackmodels.com.au/models











I want one
  drgwsd50 Beginner

Isn't that HSV's advertising. They do look good, too modern for me
  Allan ogden Station Staff

Location: Melbourne
doesnt anyone go to exhibitions for the layouts anymore.
You do know theres layouts there to???

Cheers
  Allan ogden Station Staff

Location: Melbourne
I attended the exhibition on Sunday and was pretty impressed with the quality of the layouts and presentation of the stands etc.

The only criticism/suggestion I have is, is there a way to make viewing the layouts more child friendly? I took my two boys (almost 5 and 3) along by myself which meant having to lift them up at almost every layout so they could see the trains, and although i'm not the most unfit person this soon got very tiring.

I can appreciate why the layouts are at the height they are, and I personally prefer them closer to eyesight than low, but is it possible for the organizers or exhibitors to consider providing seats or a short section of steps so the shorter and younger ones can also see what is going on? There would obviously have to be exceptions to this such as very small layouts or pinch points where there is no room etc. The last exhibition I attended was at Morwell, where by 'accident' or design, from memory most of the layouts have seats around the front of them allowing children to be able to see by themselves providing a better experience for them and their parents.

edit: Just to add to the above, I did see a couple of families carrying around little portable steps and a little step ladder so I must not be the only one who had troubles.

jakar
jakar
LOL Dont start the layout hight thing someone started that on a forum the other night and its still going!!! Oh dear lol

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