(Video) The Great Train Extravaganza, Albany NY 2022

2 thoughts on “(Video) The Great Train Extravaganza, Albany NY 2022

  1. Monday, Dec. 5, 2022 about 9:11 – 9:45 p.m., including several interruptions

    Hi, Harrison! I’ve just now finished watching Part 1 of your coverage of this year’s Great Train Extravaganza in Albany. Looks like a fine show. The venue is much better lighted than the hall in Marlborough, MA where I spent much of Saturday and Sunday at the Hub Division’s biggest annual show. Sold quite a few items at the White Elephant table and bought some stuff. More on that later. Thanks for posting. Still. need to know when your subscription to *Classic Trains *expires. Had some problems watching this latest video on YouTube — many pauses & interruptions and sometimes no sound — and am not sure the difficulties were all on my end.

    This is NOT hate mail, but on the great Lego layout the very unusual Conway Scenic depot is its main depot, at North Conway, built in a highly unusual architectural style with features inspired by some in Russia. It has a small museum with some fine models and a gift shop, and considerable interesting rolling stock and lcoos nearby, and a small but good model railroad. I’ve ridden it quite a few times, including once even beyond Crawford Notch. The “Notch” train is probably too long of a trip for those who aren’t real railfans, but its scenery is spectacular. I’ve also ridden the much shorter round trip between North Conway and Conway and have visited North Conway several times without riding. Have often ridden with railfan relatives. The road between Conway and North Conway is lined by an incredible number of outlet stores. Sometimes my wife and a cousin who lives in one of those towns have spent much time there while I and her cousin’s husband have watched trains. The “back” road between those two places west of the river is much more rural and scenic and less hectic.

    Crawford Notch is fairly close to the base station of the Mt. Washington Cog Railway, only some of whose locos are actual coal-burning steamers. Most are supposed to be less polluting. I’ve ridden that at least twice, the first time being during my first trip to New England in the summer of 1963 or 1964, when I rode up with a friend in his Austin Healy Sprite two-seater with no trunk partly to watch a total eclipse of the sun from Sugarloaf Mountain in Maine where we climbed up under the inactive ski lift. When he’d had a flat earlier in western Massachusetts we had to go to either Menands or Cohoes to get a new tire; he had no idea where the place was, but I did, having ridden on D&H passenger trains going through. The most recent ride to the top of New England’s highest mountain — remarkably high considering how close it is to the Atlantic Ocean — was with my wife when we were staying at Bretton Woods, not in the main hotel where a major international conference was held in the 1940s, but in a less expensive room in a “coach house” on the same property.

    LIttleton, NH, not far away, and St. Johnsbury, VT are also very interesting places.

    Enough for now, I think.


    Steve Wagner


    Steve Wagner gerhunpolam1@gmail.com


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s