22nd Annual Railroad Show
November 27 and 28, 1999
Medford, Oregon
Sponsored by:
The Morse Telegraph Club
The Southern Oregon Live Steamers
The Rogue Valley Model Railroad Club
The Southwest Oregon Large Scale Trains 
The Southern Oregon Chapter -- National Railway  Historical Society. 

Approximately 3,600 rail buffs from around the Northwest
 attended. Twenty displays of various types filled the 12,000 square foot  main floor and twenty eight vendors offered items for sale up on the balconies.

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Inside Medford Armory Part of the exhibits and operating layouts on the main floor of the Medford Armory.  
View from balcony Another view from the balcony with the Lionel layout in the center of the picture.  

Your webmaster was able to take a break from selling tickets, working security and running trains during one of the few slow times that weekend.  Usually, the Armory was crowded with railfans.

RVMRC Layout Part of the Rogue Valley Model Railroad Club's large HO scale modular layout.  Trains running on each of the three main line tracks covered nearly three scale miles on each trip around the loop.
Pig train A "pig train" snakes around the horseshoe curve at Derby  and then another 90 degree turn at Western Car.  Long trains such as this are always a crowd pleaser and perform (almost) flawlessly on the well maintained track of the Pacific & Eastern Railway.
Butte Falls & Truck Terminal A long straight away on the RVMRC layout  with a bunch of folks watching a freight clearing Butte Falls in the foreground and continuing on through Jay Mudge's Truck Terminal in the middle of the picture.
Winter Wonderland Model trains are almost synonymous with the Christmas Season and the Train Show would not be complete without at least one Wintery Christmas scene.  Pictured here is Frank Anderson's "Winter Wonder" operating display.
G Scale Joe Zajac holds court over the Southern Oregon Large Scale Trains G scale operation.  These are the largest scale models that operated at the show and won the popular vote for "Best Display".
Swap Meet Both balconies of the Armory were jammed with vendors offering all types of model trains, railroadiana, pictures and apparel for sale.
Operation Life Saver Central Oregon and Pacific (CORP) Dispatcher Pam Kantola holds down the Operation Lifesaver (OLI) booth.  In addition to her duties dispatching trains over CORP, she and CORP Engineer Jim Armstrong give scores of OLI presentations each year to schools, civic groups and other organizations.  Their message is clear: railroads are a dangerous place; special attention is in order at all grade crossings; and don't trespass on railroad property.
CORP GP38-3 One of the few SAFE opportunities to look at CORP close up was offered directly across the street from the Armory.  A GP38-3 locomotive was on display and open for public inspection.  Engineer Bud Shirley was on board to answer questions and let people get the feel of being on a live locomotive.
Kid on Geep Inveterate CORP fan Billy Myers traveled down from Winston, Oregon to hang out on the locomotive and ask Bud a million questions.  Here, he's shown decorating the short hood of the object of his enthusiasm.
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