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2014 UNW / Snohomish County 4-H Foundation Show - Monroe, WA

United NorthWest Model Railroad Club is proud to announce its 23nd Annual Model Train Show and Marketplace to benefit Snohomish County 4-H Foundation   February 1 - 2, 2014. It is hosted at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe WA. The 2014 Show will be in the same buildings as the 2013 show.

Even though our beloved Seattle Seahawks will be playing in the Super Bowl on Sunday Feb 2nd, the UNW Show will be open normal hours on Sunday.

I. UNW/Snohomish County 4-H Show Info:

1) Location: 
Evergreen State Fairgrounds 
14405 179th Avenue SE 
Monroe, WA 98272 


A. Pavilion (Building 600): Top of L, approximately 13,500 sq. feet. Will be location of the clinics, swap and vendor tables, and booths and layouts
B. Event Center (Building 604): Corner of L, approximately 33,600 sq. feet. Will be the location of the show office, vendor tables, and booths and layouts
C. 4H Building (Building 501): Leg of L, approximately 15,000 sq. feet. Will focus on swap tables and smaller layouts

*Directions to the Fairgrounds are found on the bottom of this page

2) Dates and Show Times: 
Sat February 1st, 10AM - 5PM 
Sun February 2nd, 10AM - 4PM

3) Admission (100% Goes to Charity):
Adults (18+): $8.00
Juniors(10-17): $6.00
Seniors (65+): $6.00
Kids (9 & under): FREE! w/paid adult
Admission Valid for Both Days!

Free Parking is available, and for your convenience ATM's are onsite

4) Show Coordinator & Registration Forms: 
Jamey Morrison

Vendor Registration Forms can be downloaded Here

Layouts/Clubs/Displays: We will be registering these in early Autumn. Please contact
swaptables@unwclub.org  with any questions.

5) Group/Club Display Setup Times: 
Fri January 31st 1PM - 9PM 
Sat February 1st 7AM - 10AM 

6) Clinics

Saturday Feb 1st
11:00am - 12:00pm: Susan Evans - Track Laying, Ballasting and More
This clinic will demonstrate how to have a good foundation for track, laying cork roadbed, laying track, and installing ballast. Other topics discusses will be electrical connections, turnout types and others as time permits.

12:30pm - 1:30pm: Dave Montgomery - The Modeler's Toolbox
Primer on tolls that a modeler can have for their toolbox. Presented by one of the most talented modelers in the hobby today.

2:00pm - 3:00pm: Walt Huston - DCC "Just the basics"
"Just the basics" of DCC such as wiring the layout, reverse loops, and Power Districts. Also covers wiring frogs for power.

3:30pm - 4:30pm: Doug Nighswonger - Historic Passenger Trains of Washington State
Come learn about passenger trains of the Great Northern, Northern Pacific, Union Pacific, Milwaukee Road, and others. Also covers the Seattle - Portland "Pool Trains".

Sunday Feb 2nd
10:30am - 11:30am: Doug Hoff - Basic Scenery for your Model Railroad
Covers the basics of adding scenery to your model railroad.

12:00pm - 1:00pm: Noel Holley - The GN Electrification
Come learn about the Great Northern Electrification from noted author and historian Mr. Noel Holley.

1:30pm - 2:30pm: Martin Burwash - "Vis Major the Railroader's Perspective"
The 1910 Wellington avalanche, talking about how the events unfolded, and more important, WHY the events unfolded as they did. By seeing the disaster from the point of view of the railroaders, some of the myths will be debunked and a better understanding of the event can be gained. I will give a short presentation, then open the floor to Q&A.

7) List of 2014 Participants


Blue Mountain Trains
Anacortes & Fidalgo Model RR Club Sales
Andy Beekhuizen
Area 51
Azalea Hills
Big Boy Trains
Bruce Ferguson
Bruce Kane
Buddie Williams
Butch Crist
Byron Osbourn
Cascade Rail Foundation
Chris Carroll
CJ Balke
Cordell Newby
Curtis Johnson
D&E Enterprises
Dan McDaniel
Darrah Company
Darrel Dochow
Dave Blackshaw
David Ellis
David's Trains
Dean Daughenbaugh
Dennis Millard
Details N Scale
Don Marty
Don McCune Memorial Library
Don's Hobby Shop
Doug Hoff
Douglas D. Carlson
Gail Branca
Gale Olson
Galloway Enterprises
Geoffrey Swan
Glenn Smith
Gordon Bushaw
Gregg Dunphy
Hobo Junction
Hogan Glass Works
House of Trains
Interaction Enterprises
Iron Horse Models
Jack Tingstad
James Scott
Jerry Hemm
Joe W.
John D Casey
John Miller
Joseph Farnik
Karl Rehm & Joe Lombardi
Ken Vogel
Ken Wolf
Ken Yohe
Kirk Reddie
Kirk Reddie
Kyle Carlson
Larry Verducci
Lowell Smith Signature Series
Mark Graves
Massage Table
Mountain Lionel
Nature's Own
NMRA 4th Division
North End Train Center
Northern Pacific Railway Historical Assoc.
Northwest Railway Prototype Modelers
NRHS / Operation Lifesaver
N-Scale Magazine
Online Trains
Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive
Pattern Pool
Paul Pellegrino
Phillip Shaner
Plummer Creek Woodworking
Randall Wallenburg
Robert Harmen
Robert Rudge
Robert Washburn
Rocky Barrick Company
Roundhouse Hobbies
Russ Segner
Scott Tanner
Sean L. Taylor
Seattle's Train Center
Sidetrack Laser
Steve McH.
Steve Olson
Tacoma Trains
The Blue Caboose
The Diorama Man
The Short Line
The Train Room
Theodore Wahl
Tim Smith
Tim Timmons
Tom Laughlin
Trains & Things
Tyler Whitcomb
Walt Johnsen
Wayne Meyers


Baby Gramps
Boeing Employee's Model Railroad Club
Bruce Smith Layout
Dave Moser
Kirk Reddie Diorama
Kitsap Western
Mary's Big Circus
Mt. Rainier N-Trak Model Railroad Club
NMRA 4th Div. Hi-Railers Group
NMRA 4th Div. HO Modular Group (Seattle Pacific & Eastern)
NMRA 4th Div. N-Trak Modular Group
Northwest Pacific Z-Scalers
Northwest Public Transportation History Museum
Northwest Railway Museum
Omni-Rail Layout
PNW On30 Modular Group (Bellingham)
PNW On30 Modular Group (Seattle)
Puget Sound Lego Train Club
Smith N-Scale
Snoho. 4-H T-Trak HO Scale
Snoho. 4-H T-Trak N Scale
Stilly Pacific Model Railroad Club
Tacoma Northwestern Model Railroad Club
Toy Train Operating Society (TTOS)
United Northwest Legacy Layout
Whidbey Island Model Rail Road Club
wTrak Modular Wooden Railway

If there are any questions, please email the show coordinator at swaptables@unwclub.org

8) Location:
Free parking is located on-site the days of the show 
RV fees per night are $25.00 with utilities, $20.00 without utilities as of of 06/23/2013. Please check with the Fairgrounds at (425) 388-6600 or (360) 805-6700 with any questions as these rates could change by the date of the show.

Online reservations can be made at Reserve America Here under "PARKS" type "Evergreen State Fairgrounds" or enter 98272 in the Zip code search

II. Directions:

From Seattle: 
East via I-90 or SR-520 to I-405 North 
North on I-405 to SR-522 (Exit 23) 
East on SR-522 to Highway 2 
Right at the stoplight 
Go west on Highway 2 for 1/2 mile - Evergreen State Fairgrounds is on the right.

From SeaTac Airport: 
Follow freeway directions towards Seattle 
SR-518 turns into I-405 North 
Stay on I-405 North towards Renton/Bellevue 
East on SR-522 to Highway 2 
Right at the stoplight 
Go west on Highway 2 for 1/2 mile - Evergreen State Fairgrounds is on the right.

9) Lodging Options 

UNW has worked with each of the 2 lodging options in Monroe to place special "Train Show" rates for vendors and guests. Please see below the "Train Show" rates confirmed by each property manager:
Best Western rates
$ 89.99 King
$ 99.99 double queen
$109.99 suite

Guesthouse Inn & Suites rates
$ 89 Queen
$ 99 King
$109 suite

**Please make sure you reference "Train Show" when calling to make a reservation.

Best Western Sky Valley Inn
19233 Highway 2
Monroe, WA 98272
Phone: (360) 794-3111
Fax: (360) 794-0179

GuestHouse Inn-Suites Monroe
19103 Highway 2
Monroe, WA 98272
Phone: (360) 863-1900
Toll-Free: (800) 214-8378

Note that there are many other small motels in Monroe, and larger hotels in Bothell, Woodinville and Everett (10+ miles away).