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Saturday, May 03, 2008

Boston Trolley Meet

Just got back from the Boston Trolley Meet (actually held in Somerville, not Boston). This event, sponsored by the Boston Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, offered a combination of layouts, dealer tables, and field trips. The actual exhibit provided a good balance between “real” trolleys (mostly historical material on the prototype) and model trolleys (mostly layouts and rolling stock). Unfortunately the layouts focused almost entirely on the trolleys themselves, with very little in the way of scenery or structures, and the rolling stock was almost all very expensive, so I didn’t buy any. (I’m not in the market for a $300 trolley car.) It will still useful — and fun — to look through the various books, posters, maps, and DVDs, and to see how the various layouts presented working models of trolleys in tight spaces.

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