Anyone going (watching) the Amherst Virtual Train Show this Weekend?

Jim Wiggin Jan 29, 2021

  1. Jim Wiggin

    Jim Wiggin Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    https://virtualrailfan.com/amherst/

    Athearn is a Platinum sponsor and there are Three Genesis models that Amherst is giving away as door prizes. I'll have the show on in my layout room all weekend. It's not the same as going but its better then nothing.
     
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  2. Philip H

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    We are transitioning computers around here, so I may have the ability to have it on for a bit. of course, I need time in the train room first . . . . is Athearn giving away any of that as a door prize?
     
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    Saw your link in the weekend modeling plans thread Jim. I have always wanted to go to this show but as it's 3,000 miles away that has never happened so this will be my chance and I'll be tuning in for sure.
     
  4. Mr. Trainiac

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    The Scaletrains announcements were exciting today with the SDL39, but I noticed some major brands like Atlas, Kato, and Walthers are not on the list. I wonder what the Athearn segment will be like tomorrow. They already put the February announcement on their website, but will there be any surprises at the show?
     
  5. Jim Wiggin

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    The big announcement is that Athearn is running the SD70ACe's again but this time with Genesis 2.0, a PCB style board with no wires, a selection of UP Heritage units and the six step BNSF and MRL versions. The new MRL Essential Workers unit is also a big deal.
     
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    I thought the ACe Genesis 2.0 upgrade was pretty significant. I hope they do that to more models in the future. My favorite detail of the Genesis 2.0 series are the etched corner steps; I thought that was the one thing their models were lacking. Even older P2K models had this detail covered. If they can do that on a few of their other tooling sets, I will be happy (I'm looking at you, SD75i). I don't really want to cut into a painted model to install Cannon parts, but the slab-like look of the old steps was pretty obvious. Even with just a few small modifications to their tooling, I think they have majorly improved the model. The SD70ACe is out of my era, but they seem to be on a roll with Genesis 2.0 stuff, so I expect the trend to continue. Eventually they will get to a model I can use.

    The fact that Scaletrains also bought the MTH HO tooling is pretty crazy too. If they can get the Little Joe and Bi-Polar back in production, they will have a pretty cool Milwaukee Road lineup with the new SDL39.
     

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