Greenberg Chantilly, Summer 2017 8-27-17

 Overall view of my layout at the Greenberg train show in Chantilly, August of 2017. This was before I attached the table skirt to the lower table, and added the stub-end sidings in the large empty space toward the center of the photo.

Overall view of my layout at the Greenberg train show in Chantilly, August of 2017. This was before I attached the table skirt to the lower table, and added the stub-end sidings in the large empty space toward the center of the photo.

After a nearly 10 year absence, I'm glad to say I finally made my return to displaying at Greenberg train shows! Fitting in wasn't entirely easy; the show has moved to the North Hall at the Dulles Expo Center (yes, the same place that hosted BrickFair three weekends prior) which is considerably smaller than the South Hall. As such, the larger model train clubs in the area must take turns at each show; only about 3 large layouts can fit at a time, and the rest of the space is crammed with vendors. In spite of this, the show organizers managed to squeeze me in on the end of a row of vendors along the wall. I offered them several different layout display sizes measured by the number of folding tables they would require, and 5x16 was selected. This gave me an ample mainline run, only having to sacrifice access along one side of the layout, as that side would be up against a wall. I settled on a VERY simple layout design: two mainlines with one passing siding each, no funny curves, no crossovers, and I only added a pair of stub-end sidings once I was at the show and realized that I had some empty space to fill.

 The two stub-end sidings in the upper left were added while I was at the show and realized I could use a bit more on-track storage space while I was moving trains on and off the layout. I was seated at far left, the top end was the side of the layout against the wall.

The two stub-end sidings in the upper left were added while I was at the show and realized I could use a bit more on-track storage space while I was moving trains on and off the layout. I was seated at far left, the top end was the side of the layout against the wall.


Load-in wasn't as smooth as I would have liked, and that was entirely my fault; Friday evening, I forgot my crate of wooden blocks to raise the tables with. Saturday morning, 30 minutes before the show began, I realized I didn't have my box of cables to connect the 9 Volt speed regulators to the tracks. Thankfully, events work runs in the family, and my mother completely understood the struggle of needing important things at the last minute, and both times drove over an hour round trip to bring me the boxes I needed. Thanks Mom!

Once I had my layout assembled, the show itself went VERY smoothly. I had a long enough mainline to run good-sized trains, on the outside loop I could reach the switch at the far right end of the layout (of course, I had to walk all the way around to get there, but still) which made changing trains a bit easier, the only major snag was that the curved bridges I built at the last minute were too narrow to handle some of my rolling stock. Ah well, hindsight is 20/20!

Please enjoy the pictures and video, and as always, thanks for reading!