We regret to note that for the time being we have
suspended our model contest. With the
dearth of entrants the past few years, a smaller venue, and COVID
complicating things, we felt it was best to wait and see about future
will otherwise leave this page up for the time being. Thanks for
Here’s a list of our regular categories:
Engine – Non-steam: This category includes all electrics,
diesels, hybrids, etc.
Engine – Steam: The real thing, from the Little General to the Big
Non-Revenue: MOW equipment, cabeese, and other equipment classified as non-revenue.
Freight Cars: Any revenue equipment not carrying people
Passenger Cars: Revenue-generating people
haulers; anything from golden age Hiawathas and Daylights to Hyperloop.
This can be an on-line or off-line structure. If the structures
are off-line, they should be to scale and the reason
why they were created.
There are some things
modelers do that don't follow prototype or
otherwise conform to any sane standard, but this is often the most fun category!
This covers color and black & white photographs, slides,
and digital reproductions. "Photoshopped" entrants ARE allowed
but this needs to be disclosed.
Module: Members of a portable club layout can enter their
individual modules or group of modules that form a scene. This is separate
from the overall layout contest judged by the visiting public.
This contest is open to anyone, whether a part of the show or from the general
public. Five judges are picked at random at the show from our pool of
vendors, exhibitors, and volunteers; there are no "points", only subjective
analysis by these modeling veterans. Input from the entrant on their form
is used as part of the evaluation; the builder/modeler should have a brief
description as to what the item pertains to, why they did it, and what they did
to attain their finished model.
We ask that pieces for judging are not “off the shelf”. Detail parts or even just repainting can add a lot to a model. For individual modules, you must pre-register you module as with the other categories.
[Layout best-of-show judging will be conducted by the general public during the
duration of the weekend; votes will be tabulated and awards given Sunday
Entries need to be to the show by 12:00pm on Saturday. Entries
can by brought to the show office and our staff will direct you where
to take your entries. Judging will be completed by 3pm, and
winners announced and awarded soon after. Please pick up your entry after
the end of the contest, no later than 5pm.
There is an overall best of show for models, and
a separate winner in each class.
Valentine walked away from his first TTS in 2016 with the Best of Show award for his
New Haven cardstock catenary system! He also won in multiple
categories. Enviable stuff!