I attended the recent Indy Junction event. This was a combination convention with three NMRA regions hosting, plus an RPM Conference. It was fully loaded with presentations, modular layouts, operating sessions, home layout tours, model contest and display rooms, vendor rooms, and more. My brain is still recovering.
The best part was seeing hobby friends again and sharing project details. There were many new modelers to meet and greet, too. A final attendance figure wasn’t available at the fine banquet, but the event had over 500 attendees. For the past several years I had mainly focused on attending RPM events. I had not been to an NMRA convention since 2012.
I took lots of photos. They all needed adjustments for exposure and levels before I could add them to a gallery. The new gallery is uploaded and ready for viewing on my pBase account.
One of the operating sessions was hosted by Chad Boas on his Monon layout. He also makes resin freight car kits. His workbench had a pile of rubber molds and some new castings. A PDF list of his kits can be downloaded from the Helpful Links page of this blog.
I bumped into Clark Propst shortly after he arrived. We enjoyed a beer and talked a bit. He posted a great comment about part of his Indy Junction experience on the Proto-Layouts discussion list on Groups.io.
Talking and listening to people at these events over the years I can usually pick out the modelers verses the talkers. The first talker give away is “When I retire…” My advice is to start modeling NOW!!! So you ‘learn’ how to make time for the hobby. Or be like me and make it your day job that you can take a day off from now and then.
I agree with Clark. For several years now, I’ve been pushing people to start modeling before they retire. You will learn to set aside hobby time and you will also have a good start on your freight cars and locomotives. I also recommend building a small switching layout and operating on other layouts to fine tune your dream project.
That’s my report. If you missed the Indy Junction soiree, there are more RPM events ahead. Check the RPM calendar to see what is happening near you!
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