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I originally posted these pictures on my old website on February 9, 2008.
The World's Greatest Hobby on Tour Train Show is a traveling model train show that visits various cities across the country throughout the year. The show's schedule takes several years to complete. The show visited the Portland Metropolitan Exposition Center in Portland, Oregon on February 17-18, 2007. In addition to layouts and vendors, the World's Greatest Hobby show also features display booths for many model railroad manufacturers.
I only photographed a few of the manufacturer booths; many were difficult to photograph. As an HO-Scale modeler, my interests in the manufacturer area were focused towards HO-Scale items, but I did photograph a few interesting items in other scales.
Here are Athearn's HO-Scale Union Pacific 4-8-8-4 Big Boy and 4-6-6-4 Challenger, part of Athearn's premier Genesis line.
Another Genesis HO-Scale 4-6-6-4 Challenger, Union Pacific #3983 in the Two-Tone Grey passenger paint scheme.
Preproduction samples of the HO- and N-Scale F45s and FP45s that will become part of the Genesis line.
HO-Scale Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe EMD SD45-2 #5700 in Bicentennial paint, part of the Genesis line.
HO-Scale Burlington Northern SD40 #6303 & RS3 #4054, part of Athearn's Ready-to-Roll line.
HO-Scale Kansas City Southern AC4400 #4568 & McCloud River SD38 #36 from the Ready-to-Roll line.
HO-Scale Southern Pacific AC4400 #232 & SD40 #7342 in experimental Daylight paint, from the Ready-to-Roll line.
HO-Scale Chicago & North Western AC4400s, one renumbered as Union Pacific #6716, from the Ready-to-Roll line.
HO-Scale Union Pacific AC4400 #6344 in its unusual all-gray paint & C44-9 #9807 in the standard flag scheme, from the Ready-to-Roll line.
HO-Scale Norfolk Southern C44-9Ws: #9558 in standard NS Paint and #9906 in primer only, from the Ready-to-Roll line.
One of the resurrected and improved steam engines formerly made by Model Die Casting is this HO-Scale Southern Pacific 2-6-0 #1821, from Athearn's Roundhouse line.
HO-Scale PS-2 2-bay covered hoppers Rock Island #500700, Great Northern #71436, and Chicago & North Western #3992, part of the Ready-to-Roll line.
HO-Scale ACF 2970 Center Flow 2-bay covered hoppers ACF Demonstrators #44586 & #44504, Chicago, Burlington & Quincy #183900, Chicago & North Western #175013 and ACF Demonstrator #44503, part of the Ready-to-Roll line.
HO-Scale Chicago & North Western Wide-Vision Caboose #12570 and Union Pacific Bay-Window caboose #24552, part of the Ready-to-Roll line.
NEW HO-Scale Ford F100 Panel Trucks by Athearn.
NEW HO-Scale Ford Model As and F100 pickups by Athearn.
NEW HO-Scale Ford F850 Fire Trucks by Athearn.
HO-Scale Union Pacific Ford C van by Athearn.
HO-Scale Freightliner trucks & 40-foot exterior-post trailers lettered for DC and ICS, part of the Ready-to-Roll line.
Atlas's new HO-Scale MP15DCs Burlington Northern #1000 and BNSF #3702.
HO-Scale Southern Pacific Alco RS32 #4000, part of the Trainman line.
Preproduction samples of the NEW 1978 Ford Fairmonts in HO- & N-Scale
Kadee's booth featured this display showing strength of HO-Scale couplers This display consists of several cars coupled together in a clear plastic tube stood on end, with the top car hanging from its coupler.
LGB of America
LGB of America's booth featured a large number of G-Scale items on display.
Here is a closeup of LGB's G-Scale Amtrak P42DC #60.
LGB's G-Scale Harzquer Railway 2-10-2T was operating on a roller stand to demonstrate its smoke unit. It is also available with a sound option.
The large MTH-RailKing display included this O27 & #1 Gauge Display Layout.
Among the trains on the layout were RailKing #1 Gauge Santa Fe F3s and matching streamlined passenger cars.
Here is a video of the RailKing #1 Gauge F3s showcasing the light and sound features.
Also on the MTH display layout was this O27 Coors Light "Silver Bullet."
RailKing #1 Gauge American Freedom Train GS4 4-8-4 #4449 & Union Pacific 4-8-8-4 Big Boy #4004.
RailKing #1 Gauge Union Pacific 4-8-8-4 Big Boy #4004.
RailKing #1 Gauge American Freedom Train GS4 4-8-4 #4449.
An O27 SD70ACe decorated as Union Pacific #1982, the Heritage Series locomotive honoring the Missouri Pacific Railroad.
An O27 SD70ACe decorated as Union Pacific #1983, the Heritage Series locomotive honoring the Western Pacific Railroad.
An O27 SD70ACe decorated as Union Pacific #1988, the Heritage Series locomotive honoring the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad.
An O27 SD70ACe decorated as Union Pacific #1989, the Heritage Series locomotive honoring the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad.
An O27 SD70ACe decorated as Union Pacific #1995, the Heritage Series locomotive honoring the Chicago & North Western Railway.
An O27 SD70ACe decorated as Union Pacific #1996, the Heritage Series locomotive honoring the Southern Pacific Railroad.
MTH has recently entered the HO-Scale market, & this Pennsylvania K4 4-6-2 Pacific, equipped with sound and synchronized smoke, is their first model.
Precision Craft Models
HO Scale Chessie Steam Special T-1 4-8-4 #2101 by Precision Craft Models.
This Trix HO-Scale display featured a Union Pacific 4-8-8-4 Big Boy and a Pennsylvania GG1 electric.
Continue to Part 2 - LK&R Layout, Early Saturday…