Crossroads Mall Show, San Antonio, Texas 7-29-06

Discussion in 'N Scale' started by Matthew Roberts, Jul 30, 2006.

  1. Matthew Roberts

    Matthew Roberts TrainBoard Member

    I traveled down to San Antonio from Leander yesterday for this show, an approximately 225mi. round-trip. My father and I had a little difficulty actually finding the show at the mall (no outside indicators), but once we found it, I was in paradise!

    A huge Ntrak layout made of the combined modules of the members of New Braunfels Model Railroading Society, NorthWest Crossing, AustNtrak, SANTRAK, and the Fort Bend Model Railroad Club dominated the right side of the room :shade: . What I believe was a HO-scale club from Corpus Christi brought the only club 1:87 layout. There was also a Z, and two G-gauge layouts in two lower rooms.

    We spent almost 4 1/2 hours at the show, mostly me talking to Joe Cox, Russell Straw (both Trainboarders), and George Holldewell, who all were very friendly. Russell told me that we had missed Flash Blackman (another Trainboarder) by several hours. Russell also showed me some of his amazing passenger car collection! :teeth: :teeth:

    George commissions several different manufacturers to make near-to-exact prototype versions of transition-era N-scale ATSF and SP cars, and he even offered us the AustNtrak discout (we are considering membership). He was also having a blowout sale on the engines and rollingstock he didn't "need", as in $50 tunnel motors (we bought one, $50 is seductive :shade: ).

    All-in-all one of the two best shows I've been to, but the attendence was a little sparse. The other show is the CentraMod show in Temple, and boy is it packed!
     
  2. Matthew Roberts

    Matthew Roberts TrainBoard Member

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    Norfolk Southern train heads through a Nickel Plate Road engine maintenance facility on the AustNtrak section of the Ntrak layout at SAMRA's Crossroads Mall Show. The engineer even stooped the train for me!

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    An ATSF grain elevator on the one HO layout at the Crossroads Show.

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    ATSF manifest passing by an engine maintenance facility.
     
  3. Matthew Roberts

    Matthew Roberts TrainBoard Member

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    Russell Straw's NTrak rendition of Sugarland, Texas in 1951.

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    Richmond, Texas, county seat, on Russell Straw's Sugarland 1951.

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    The two bridges across the Brazos River near Richmond, Texas.

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    The Imperial Sugar complex on Russell Straw's, Sugarland 1951.
     
  4. Matthew Roberts

    Matthew Roberts TrainBoard Member

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    ATSF F45 5952 in N-scale, one of two by Joe Cox of AustNtrak. Made from a kit by Grant Eastman. They lead a medium-sized coil-car train.

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    Joe Cox's two Santa Fe F45s in N-scale.

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    An A-B-A set of Western Pacific F3s lead the California Zephyr past an intermodal train on the Crossroads NTrak setup.

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    Three MoPac SD50 canaries lead a mixed train across the Ntrak setup at Crossroads.
     
  5. Matthew Roberts

    Matthew Roberts TrainBoard Member

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    Two Katy Geeps lead a long train over a grade crossing and past a church.

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    Four M-K-T Geeps and two F-units lead a Katy train across the prairie.
     
  6. JCater

    JCater TrainBoard Member

    Excellent Shots!! Thanks for sharing :)
    John
     
  7. MP333

    MP333 TrainBoard Supporter

    Thanks Matthew!
    That Imperial Sugar bldg looks so real... :teeth:
     
  8. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Nice! I can see why you were there so many hours!

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  9. Hytec

    Hytec TrainBoard Supporter

    Looks like it was loads of fun...thanks!
     
  10. Flash Blackman

    Flash Blackman Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Auatralian MoPac

    Matthew: Sorry I missed you. It was a good show, I thought.

    Here are two MEC Pan Am boxcars by Joe Cox, AustiNTrak club. As I remember, Joe said these decals were available from High Ball Graphics. The car colors are B&M blue and Guilford grey.
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    Australian design MoPac caboose passes Tower 117 on Russell Straw's Sugarland modules. Beautiful job, Russell! Great modules;I am glad I finally got to see them.
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  11. Flash Blackman

    Flash Blackman Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    General Show Photos

    General train show photos.
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  12. Matthew Roberts

    Matthew Roberts TrainBoard Member

    Flash, sort've dark in there, wasn't it?

    Hope you had fun!

    Good pictures, especially of George H.'s setup, but where's the Richmond Controls guy? And you didn't take a picture of the $50 diesels! Did you buy any?

    Everyone else, thanks for the positive replies!
     
  13. r_i_straw

    r_i_straw Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Here is a young lady having fun running a street car.
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    And here we have a Thomas the Tank fan.
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  14. JCater

    JCater TrainBoard Member

    Thats great stuff. I love to see kids having fun with trains... Thanks for sharing the pics!!
    John
     
  15. Flash Blackman

    Flash Blackman Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Nice Bridge Module

    Russell Straw's Santa Fe passenger train on a very nice bridge module.
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  16. r_i_straw

    r_i_straw Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Here it is again being set out before the locomotive picks up some empties that have been unloaded at the sugar refinery.
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  17. Colonel

    Colonel Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Great looking modules and its great seeing that caboose that I sent to Flash :D
     
  18. r_i_straw

    r_i_straw Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Man, that cabbose really gets around. ;)
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  19. Colonel

    Colonel Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Thanks Russ,

    I'd asked Flash if he wouldnt mind running the caboose on your modules it sorted of added an Aussie and Trainboard connection to the show.

    Actually I purchased that undercorated caboose from Kevin Stevens so there is another connection :D
     
  20. Jim Wiggin

    Jim Wiggin Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

    Nice pictures guys, thanks for sharing. I hope I get to meet some of you next week in Denver.
     

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