36th Annual WNYRHS Greater Buffalo Train & Toy Show
Review November 18th & 19th, 2017
|Weather reports for heavy rain and lake effect snow for the weekend never materialized which made for another very successful show for the Society.
A huge thanks goes out to all of our large support staff behind the scenes of these shows. These people were responsible for the setting up and breaking down the over 400 tables that we use for the show. They also take tickets at the main door and the Casino entry door to the Center, along with letting dealers in and out of their designated door at the South end of the building. Even with this seemingly large number of volunteers, we can always use more help, particularly in manning entry doors and taking tickets. We currently have to pay a Fair Ground employee to take tickets at the Casino entryway.
A big THANK YOU to all those who supported the Show and we hope to see you February 17th & 18th, 2018!
|Barb and Don Owens stood at the main doors from start to finish both days of the show. With just six more volunteers it would be a lot easier to man the doors and all the door volunteers could get a break, not to mention saving the cost of paying a Fair employee.|
|Our Society table was busy all day selling magazines, track maps, rolling stock and our brand new 2018 Buffalo Railway Heritage Calendar . Jim S. and Alex T. answered many questions about our progress at the Heritage Discovery Center, our Depots and equipment. Most of our regular vendors were back for a chance to sell their inventory and many of our new dealers reported did well at their tables.|
|The Williamsville Depot had a very successful "Basket Raffle" and "Paint a Square" fund drive for their newly aquired boxcar. A new electrical service has been run to both the boxcar and our Lehigh Valley Caboose to allow both to be used year around. Proceeds will also go toward many new updates at the Depot and we again thank all those who contributed to this effort.|
ORGANIZATIONS & CLUBS
|Our partners at the Heritage DiscoveRY Center, the "Steel Plant Museum," had a great information table loaded with their signature T-Shirts and many books for sale. Our Friends from the "Wired Railroads" club had their very informative and interactive display table set up.|
|The "Lower Lakes Marine Historical Society" had a table full of maritime books and historical photographs of our Buffalo Harbor and our friends from up north from the "Niagara Railway Museum" had another nice display table and again brought their 1985 CP Rail Woodings speeder.|
|Members of the "Niagara Frontier Chapter" of the NRHS had lots of information about their museum and the events they have scheduled for next year. The "Utica & Mohawk Valley Chapter" of the NRHS had four active display tables with many members ready to answer questions about their chapter.|
|The "Gowanda and Buffalo Model Railroad Club" again sponsored the "Thomas & Friends" free kids play area which was loaded with future "engineers" all day. The "Salamanca Rail Museum" had a nice switching layout on display with their table.|
LAYOUTS & DISPLAYS
|The "Niagara Orleans Model Engineer's" entertained everyone with their great "N" scale layout and the "Flower City TinPlate Trackers" brought their huge "O" scale layout from Rochester. The "Joy of Trains" group had two kid friendly layouts running. And one dealer brought his own "027" and "HO" layouts to his tables in the "Warehouse Area."|
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