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Railfest, September 3 - 5, 2011

posted Nov 14, 2011, 11:35 AM by Tennessee Valley LEGO Train Club
Over Labor Day weekend, TVLTC was invited to participate in the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum's 50th anniversary celebration, "Railfest", in Chattanooga. We took a subset of our normal layout on the road for the occasion and it handled the long trip pretty well, with the exception of Charles' monorail which was reduced to a pile of plastic rubble by the time it arrived. Amazingly, the module was restored in record time and he attracted a small fan club in the process as reconstruction wrapped up slightly after the doors opened. If you ever need to win a speed-build competition, ask Charles for help!

We were there for three days along with several other model railroad clubs displaying everything from Z to garden scale. Amid the record heat on Saturday and torrential downpours on Monday we were able to steal away some time here and there to enjoy the impressive collection of full scale locomotives on display and catch a few train rides.

Our layout seemed to be well received, with comments ranging from the usual, "I had no idea LEGO made trains," to the not so common, "how much for the whole thing?" We passed on the later offer before we could find out if it was serious. The layout even made the local news, airing on Chattanooga's News Channel 12. Check it out here!
Overall, Railfest was a neat experience and will hopefully serve as a good warmup for our trip to Birmingham in January for BrickFair!











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