Standard Gauge Module Association returns to the Syracuse Train Fair

Posted by: TinplateTrainTimes in Member Blogs

Text And Photos By Jim Kelly

Standard Gauge Model AssociationMembers of the Standard Gauge Module Association returned to exhibit at the Syracuse Train Fair on November 6 & 7, 2010. It was the group's third time presenting an operating Standard Gauge layout at the event. However, there were a number of firsts at this event: the first elevated layout loop, the first separate kid's layout with candy train, and Bob Thon got to see both of the Mc Keen car sets that he started building 25 years ago together at one venue . The perimeter of the SGMA layout measured 20' x 32' and featured a considerable number of inside modules used for display of accessories and trains.

 

 

One of two large display halls at Syracuse Train Fair.

One of two large display halls at Syracuse Train Fair

The SGMA exhibit at Train Fair 2010

The SGMA exhibit at Train Fair 2010

SGMA member Jim Cottzolla at the power center. The Blue Comet is the mascot of the SGMA. This original set is ca. 1935

SGMA member Jim Cottzolla at the power center. The Blue Comet is the mascot of the SGMA. This original set is ca. 1935.

Wayne Smith brought his beautifully restored Lionel 100 series freight set to run.

Wayne Smith brought his beautifully restored Lionel 100 series freight set to run.

The big trains are a big hit with kids

The big trains are a big hit with kids!

Impressive accessories help add interest to the SGMA display.

Impressive accessories help add interest to the SGMA display.

McKeen car and trailer by Bob Thon of Roberts Lines.

McKeen car and trailer by Bob Thon of Roberts Lines

Mc Keen car and trailer started by Bob Thon 25 years ago and recently completed by another craftsman in California.

Mc Keen car and trailer started by Bob Thon 25 years ago and recently completed by another craftsman in California

An impressive Standard Gauge locomotive on Bob Thon's table.

An impressive Standard Gauge locomotive on Bob Thon's table.

SGMA member Charlie Grover's kids layout featuring the candy train.

SGMA member Charlie Grover's kids layout featuring the candy train.

Big trains like this Roberts Lines Challenger can really spread out on the SGMA main line.

Big trains like this Roberts Lines Challenger can really spread out on the SGMA main line

Renee (Jim Cottzolla's Wife) helps out with the elevated loop.

Renee (Jim Cottzolla's Wife) helps out with the elevated loop.

A 408E exits a tunnel on one of Max Champion's modules.

A 408E exits a tunnel on one of Max Champion's modules

Wayne Smith. Guests are always welcome to run their trains at an SGMA event.

Wayne Smith. Guests are always welcome to run their trains at an SGMA event

SGMA members Dick Gordon (L) and Kirk Lindvig (R)

SGMA members Dick Gordon (L) and Kirk Lindvig (R)

A State Set coming down the straightaway.

A State Set coming down the straightaway.

 

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