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St. Louis Train Show Nov. 2, 2019Saturday, November 2, 2019
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
(home layout tours start at 5 p.m.)
Trinity Lutheran Church, West St. Louis County

Our Annual Gateway Division NMRA Model Railroad Train Show and Model Contest will be held Saturday, November 2, 2019, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in West St. Louis County.

Admission: $7 per adult.
Children under 12 free (with adult).

The Gateway Division Train Show features clinics on model railroading, swap tables, model and photo contests, and home train layout tours.

Vendor Area at the 2011 St. Louis Train Show

Vendor Area at the 2011 St. Louis Train Show

  • Bring your model railroading questions – we’ll give you the answers!
  • Bring your models to enter in the contests.
  • Bring your model railroad or prototype train photos to enter in the photo contests.
  • Mini-clinics on the hour and half-hour: scales, track, and scenery.
  • Special hands-on activities for children (big children too!).
  • Special grand prize drawings. Lots of door prizes.
  • Browse the swap tables for that model you’re looking for.
  • Go on self-guided tours of local model railroad layouts in the evening.
  • Vote for your favorite models and photos.
  • See small and modular layouts on display.
  • New for this year: A lunch vendor will be on-site for when you get hungry.

Attend Model Railroading Clinics, Talk Trains

Viewing Entries in Part of the Model Contest Room

Viewing Entries in the Model Contest Room

Help yourself to coffee and donuts (for as long as they last), look over what’s being offered at the swap tables, check to see if you’ve won a door prize, take your pride-and-joy model to the contest room, and settle down in one of the clinic rooms and learn something new.

A railroad clinic is a presentation on some particular aspect of model railroading or prototype railroading (the real thing). Usually a clinic runs from 45 minutes to an hour long and may allow time for questions. Model railroaders love to share their experience with others through demonstrations, slides, samples, and even hands-on/try-it-yourself presentations. This “how to” aspect is one of the best ways to learn about the many facets of modeling. Clinics on present-day railroads, as well as long-gone and merged railroads, provide background on how the real railroads do things, from operations to laying track and building stations to the kinds of equipment and freight or passenger service to be found. They help the modeler to build and operate a more realistic railroad.

Model Railroad Layouts on Display

Children Watching Lionel Trains at the St. Louis Train Show

Children Watching Lionel Trains at the St. Louis Train Show

Throughout the Fall Meet, a variety of small and modular model railroads will be on display. Compare the different sizes of model trains, ask questions, enjoy seeing different approaches to model railroading.

Modular layouts combine a number of small elements to create a larger layout.

Home Layout Tours

Four members of the Gateway Division will open their homes to tours on Saturday afternoon and evening, beginning around 4 pm. Directions (maps) and information about these layouts will be provided with admission to the Train Show.

More Ways to Win in the Model Contest

2011 Model Contest Video

2011 Model Contest Video

In an effort to increase participation in Gateway Fall Meet Contest and to give you more chances at receiving an award; the Gateway Division’s Fall Meet Contest has adopted the NMRA National rules, with Scratchbuilt and Kitbashed categories and Peoples Choice (Popular Vote) Judged with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards, Merit Judged with Best of Show, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mention for those scoring merit (87.5 points), but not placing, and Model Showcase (Display), no awards, just show and explain your work. Please, those entering Merit Judged, should complete the following forms in advance. NMRA Contest Entry Form (#901) NMRA Model Contest Judge’s Score Sheet (#902)

For more information contact Rich Velten: Phone 636-391-0643, Email modeltrainnut@gmail.com.

Swap tables (30″x8 ft.) may be reserved for $20 each, contact Rich Velten: Phone 636-391-0643, Email modeltrainnut@gmail.com.

Clinics Scheduled for November 2, 2019

Clinic #1: DCC++ and JMRI
by Thomas Ose
Discussion on building a DCC++ system and interfacing it to JMRI for engine control running on a Raspberry Pi. We will cover initial concepts, setup and finally running a complete system. Lastly we will discuss how to control switch machine with an Arduino and servo motors. This is a high level overview and will not delve into the technical details.

Clinic #2: N & HO Scale Locomotive Maintenance
by Glenn Koproske & Rich Velten
A clinic on recommendations concerning periodic maintenance of your locomotives. Glenn will cover maintenance on N scale locomotives and Rich will cover maintenance on HO scale locomotives. They will use their own models as they show typical lubrication points as well as places to clean. Lubrication and cleaning materials will be discussed.

Clinic #3: Building Billboards for the Baden, Vogt and DeSmet Railroad
by Dave Ackmann
This clinic will cover acquiring prototypical art work, making decals, building supporting structures, and creating construction fixtures for building scale billboards.

Mini Clinics for November 2, 2019

  • Scales: See a car in each of the popular scales and learn the advantages and disadvantages of each size.
  • Track: There are several different types of track available today. See track examples and learn how each can be used to build your railroad.
  • Scenery: See several approaches to creating realistic scenes on you railroad. Several products will be shown along with different approaches to creating hills and mountains.

Trinity Lutheran Church, 14088 Clayton Road, Town and Country, MO 63017

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