Every year TTS holds a model contest on Saturday. We truly have the "World's Greatest Hobby" and would like to share it with the
families and "future modelers"
that we intend to draw to our show, as well as
with our peers. There is no better way to show off your model than for us to have a modeling contest without the usual red tape. Our goal is for everyone to have fun by keeping it as simple as we possibly can!
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 pitiable Amtrak Gen
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.
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 2pm, and
winners announced and awarded around 3pm. Please pick up your entry after the end of the
contest, no later than 5pm. 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.
There is an overall best of show for models, and
a separate winner in each class.
Valentine walked away from his first TTS last year with the Best of Show award for his
New Haven cardstock catenary system! He also won in multiple
categories. Enviable stuff!