Well that was a disappontment. Only about 15 vendors, with mostly standard
stuff. The prices weren't bad, tending between 15% - 25% below retail. The
5 layouts were okay, but again nothing spectacular, just pretty much farily
plain roundy roundy's. The Lionel layout did have a fair amount of their
powered accessories that the kids could power through buttons on the outer
I was surprised at how many of the vendors there were selling nothing but
stock from hobby shops that had gone out of business. Very little vintage
or brass to be found in HO, though there was a small amount of vintage and
antique tin and clockwork. Only one vendor had any European stuff at all,
none of it in great shape. One guy said he had decided NOT to sell at this
GATS because they were charging $70 a table! I was also amazed how many
blank looks I got from vendors when asking about Northeast corridor
electrics, interesting MOW equipment or any small switchers.
Crowd seemed small, probably less than 100 people there when we were there
and the mood seemed almost depressed.
Well at least we got a piece of MOW we needed and some nice research books
for not horrible (but not great) prices.
18 years ago