As of today (March 13, 2020) due to concerns regarding the Covid -19 virus all of the planned events listed HERE, with the exception of MARPM, have been cancelled or postponed with no new date identified.
Sorry I'll miss seeing folks at these events, but I hope to be able to post revised dates as things sort themselves out.
One thought. I've been reading several blogs and message boards today where people are:
(1) Lamenting the cancellation of train meets, shows, and other hobby events, and/or
(2) Worried about the impact of a global pandemic on the production of model railroad equipment, especially overseas.
With regards to Item #1. Model railroading is a great hobby, but it is just that, a hobby. The organizers of these shows and the owners of venues where they're being held aren't enjoying this situation any more than you. And while it's a bummer that you won't have yet another opportunity to purchase more, perhaps we should all take this opportunity to build some of the stuff we have.
The answer to #2 is simple - yes, there will be an impact. There will certainly be delays, and I'm sure some of these will be significant. Some model train manufacturing facilities overseas may not survive. Some model railroad companies in the US might not survive.
Frankly, I could care less. The hobby will go on. Besides, there's little or nothing commercially available in the RTR market suitable for a Central Vermont branchline that I don't already have, so I'm covered.
We need to keep things in perspective as far as what's truly important, and what's not. As of today, my office is still open, but I wouldn't be surprised if we are told to work from home at some point, most likely next week.
If that happens, my plan is take the three hours a day I currently spend commuting, as well as those weekend days I won't be at NMRA and RPM meets over the next month, and try to work my way through my rather extensive stash of kits.
Here's hoping many of you take the opportunity to do the same.
For now, please listen and comply with the instructions of health care professionals and take care of yourself and your family. There's no reason to panic, but there's every reason to be prudent. Besides, I'm looking forward to seeing you at an RPM meet at some point in the future - hopefully sooner rather than later!