If you like model railroading, then of course you would enjoy attending model train shows. But I would also recommend them for you if you like trains, or any type of modeling, for example cars or airplanes.
The main reason to attend model train shows is to be amazed. You will watch very complex and elaborate layouts that represent any type of train scenario. Since these model train shows invite experts who dedicate hundreds of hours to the hobby, you can find real small engineering masterpieces that will make your jaw drop.
In addition, most model train shows will have at least one display that isn’t so small. Sometimes it will be a forest complete with sequoias, waterfalls, and small lumberjacks that seem to load their small logs on the train cars to take them away. Other modelers will build small cities, where trains will take people to their jobs and back to their houses.
My favorite one ever, was a western layout that I saw in a show in Chicago. It had a complete western village with saloon, blacksmith and train station. The scenery looked like it was set in the middle of the Great Canyon, and there were even some Indians on their horses, looking like they were trying to ambush the train.
If you like talking about model railroading, then model train shows will offer you the opportunity to meet people who share the love for the hobby. This is specially satisfying for those of us who have wives or girlfriends who aren’t willing to listen to us telling them for the umpteenth time why a G scale model would look great in our garden.
Model train shows are also a good place to buy the model we haven’t been able to find or those accessories that would look so great with our layout. Just be careful not to overspend. A lot of people tend to buy every single thing that catches their attention at model train shows.
A good alternative is to get cards or websites from the manufacturers or sponsors of the model train shows you attend, and then take your time to decide what you really want to order, according to your budget.
In the end, model train shows are meant to be fun. Don’t take things too seriously, just enjoy yourself, get a few things that you really like, and enjoy the displays that you see there. They aren’t held as often as we would like, so take advantage of the opportunity and have a good time.