View single post by Keith Pashina
 Posted: Mon Apr 29th, 2013 05:01 am
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Keith Pashina


Joined: Sun Nov 4th, 2012
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota USA
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I missed posting over the weekend like I had intended to - I was just too busy with Symposium events.  Between attending clinics, giving them, layout tours, and the all-important barroom wind-down sessions, there wasn't much time!

Jeff Otto gave his clinic on handlaying track.  Jeff models in HO, and has an immense layout - I'll post more on this later on.  Jeff really knows his stuff, too - he has already built 250+ turnouts for his layout, and hundreds, if not thousands, of feet of track.

The manufacturer's room is always an important place at these conventions.  Not only do you get to see and buy the stuff you want, but you get to meet the manufacturers and learn more about what motivates them, what their passions are, and what might be coming up next.  Typically, many people have displays where you can get impromptu mini-clinics on how to use their products.

What I am posting here in this thread is not meant to be comprehensive of who and what was there, but more of a commentary of what I saw and what interested me.

Above, Randy and Susan Lee of GME (Grizzly Mountain Engineering) had some very interesting products.

GME has an extensive line of laser-cut wooden wagon models sold in N, HO, S, and O scales.  In front, is a heavy-duty log wagon, and a bunch of HO and S scale wagons in the background.

Randy also sells parts for a 1/2" scale operating rotary snowplow, and will sell you a DVD on how to assemble it. 

GME also sells this innovative servo-operated turnout control, particularly useful for precise alignment for the Sn3 3-way stub turnout shown here.

Randy of GME also is loaded with ideas, and this very creative guy will be bringing out a lot more innovative products in the future.


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