Not to hijack this thread however...
I as a middle aged person have come to appreciate raised display tables.
Also - I do not believe the future of our hobby
lies with the little tykes. Don't get me wrong, my wife and I purchase books
and T shirts of a railroad nature for both our nieces and nephews in order to
indoctrinate them whenever we can.
However, after keeping a close eye on attendance
numbers of children and even teenagers, studying parents and children at a
distance both at at some conventions I have chaired, and over the
last 15 years at meets, I have come to think that unless a parent is very
heavily involved in the hobby, any younger ones will be drawn off to Angry
Birds and later perhaps the other games like we see advertised on
I think - and this is only my opinion, the ones
the hobby (and we) should be looking to are the thirty somethings whose lives
have started to settle in some manner and are looking for a reason to get
involved in society beyond where they were prior.
And if you accept that premise, raising the
tables is the right thing to do.
Raising the tables may force the parents to lift
them, however at the recent MilwaukeeTrainfest I observed more than one small
child carting his own stepstool or ladder around. And their seemingly
boundless energy did not seem to be affected by carrying it.
So to bring this around, I would petition that
these table riser pipes be figured as a one time expense and then you have
them. That is what my historical society did years ago. An extra dollar
on the gate should cover this.
Also, I feel that - the people who are kind
enough to bring and display models - feel more comfortable and secure with the
models being raised up. The dollar amount on one table of diplays can be
And again - as Schuyler stated, it is easier for the majority of
the attendees to see the detail and appreciate the work involved.
Jim Dick - Roseville, MN
Kellogg wrote, regarding table height at shows and suggesting that the
extensions to raise the tables are not really needed:
The other added advantage is that
little kids can see a whole lot better.
can. They can REACH them a lot more easily too. And the parents
(if they’re there) seldom say more than “Johnny, please don’t touch
the meets where models are displayed as they are at Cocoa or Naperville are
predominantly adult attendees, many of whom are getting “old.” Old folks
don’t much like bending down to see the models, and once seated, may not be
anxious to rise and move along.