By TIM BLACKWELL/Cowcatcher Magazine
WEST ALLIS, WI – About 10 minutes after the doors opened Saturday to Trainfest, a crowd began to form outside the curtain-enclosed ScaleTrains.com booth. The buzz about what the new model railroad manufacturer was about to unveil had already started the afternoon before as vendors set up for this year’s show.
As the curtains slowly opened, ScaleTrains.com President Shane Wilson welcomed visitors amid the flashes of cameras. People nudged forward to see what was inside, and got a close-up view of the industry’s biggest secret in recent months.The company’s debut highlighted opening day at the two-day show, billed as America’s Largest Operating Model Railroad Show hosted every year at the Wisconsin Exposition Center at Wisconsin State Fair Park.