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    Default Kansas City National Train Show

    This event was not on the calendar.

    My N-Trak club took our entire layout to Kansas City for the National Train Show. Most of the members to include me were first time attendees to the show. I unfortunately will never attend another, nor will I ever join the NMRA. Spent almost $800 in travel expenses to include the hotel, and never got to run a single DCC train. Had our vehicle broken into and ransacked in the parking garage for the Event Center, a number of attendees had their vehicles stolen out of the Parking Garage for the Event Center also, the loading dock was blocked by dealers vehicles and their trailers making it impossible to unload or load in a timely manner (hours spent tracking down the owners of the vehicles blocking the docks), and the Event Center was one block East of the KCFD Dispatch Center and its associated radio towers and one block West of the KCPD Dispatch Center and its associated radio towers. No one in the building could use an untethered duplex throttle on a DCC layout.

    Needless to say I am extremely disappointed in the NMRA, they obviously did very little planning and what planning they did was very poorly done. The OKC train show in Dec is much better and it does not cost a small fortune to attend.

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    That's a bummer.
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    Your club should look into adding the WiFi system to your DCC. The use of WiFi throttles saves a lot of headaches at these big shows. Sorry to hear about the vehicle problems.
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    My understanding was every club's DCC systems were affected, not just the N-Trak clubs. My club is starting to try-out WiFi, but convincing everybody to adopt it has been a chore.

    Quote Originally Posted by jpwisc View Post
    Your club should look into adding the WiFi system to your DCC. The use of WiFi throttles saves a lot of headaches at these big shows. Sorry to hear about the vehicle problems.

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    From what I have heard from the Free-moN guys, they had no issues.

    Were you running as part of bigger layout or was your layout independent?
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    We were tied in with other groups. The Digitrax reps said every DCC layout in the building was affected when we went to them for help.

    Quote Originally Posted by pbender View Post
    From what I have heard from the Free-moN guys, they had no issues.

    Were you running as part of bigger layout or was your layout independent?

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