2014 Show
Recent News
Sunday December 7, 2014
10am - 4pm
Empire State Convention Center

November 22, 2014
The show is near full capacity this year packed with over 310 tables of dealers and exhibitors including eleven brand new dealers and two new model railroad displays. One railroad display is a 20 by 25 foot G-scale layout and the other is a 6 by 20 foot LEGO railroad! Our free show clinic schedule has been filled out and includes a talk for beginners about the hobby, a “make and take” clinic on building an HO scale boxcar (where you keep the boxcar you build!), and a new clinic on making evergreen trees that is both easy and inexpensive. Please see our clinic schedule under “Announcements” on this page for more information. Starting today our ever faithful team of volunteers has been planting over 300 road signs in the capital region and surrounding communities and our Times Union Ads are coming soon!

November 18, 2013
We are at or near capacity.
If you are thinking of being a vendor this year, please contact the show organizers directly through the contact us page. We may or may not have space depending on any cancellations.
We look forward to a Great show and hope to see lots of happy smiling faces at the GREAT TRAIN EXTRAVAGANZA. This will be our 33rd year bring you the best in model trains! Thank you for all your support.

November 1, 2013
Table Count is near 300!!
Don't dally with those forms.
Renowned Broadway set designer turned layout designer Clarke Dunham will be providing not one, but two Clarke Dunham Layouts built by Dunham Studios: A 5 x 9 O Gauge Hi Rail and an HO gauge layout consisting of top end craftsman structures by Fine Scale Miniatures, South River Models and many others. This is not to be missed!! dunhamstudios.com
August 23, 2014
The 2014 GTE is off to a great start this year!! The vendor letters have only been out for two weeks and we already have 75 tables signed up! This year looks to be awesome, the State has completed many of the repairs that affected the entry doors last year and we are again on the day of the Tree lighting ceremony and the Chocolate fest!! We expect a vendor sell out this year, so get your forms in early!!! Our table prices are still the same as last year, some of the cheapest you'll find for such a large show.
Check the exhibiting page for the most recent copies of this year's signup sheets.
Once we hit vendor capacity you will be placed on a first come first served waiting list.

October 16, 2013
Table count is approaching 200!! Don't get left out in the cold! 2nd round of mailings are complete. Check out the revised clinic lineup on the right. The 2013 GTE, bigger and better than ever!!!

The Great Train Extravaganza is pleased to announce a full clinic schedule this year sponsored by Hudson Berkshire Division of the NMRA. There will be 3 clinics throughout the day held in meeting room 7 next to the Egg.

11:00 am
Train Talk with Dave Gould
This well attended and enjoyable clinic is a perennial favorite! Come spend some time with Conductor Dave as he guides you through the magical world of Model Trains.

1:00 pm
Make and Take Your Own HO Scale Box Car Model
Irwin Nathanson will guide you step-by-step to build a free HO scale box car kit you keep and run on your layout when you are done! Limited quantities so don't miss this free clinic at the show. Tickets available at the show from the Head Table. Kits sponsored by the Hudson-Berkshire Division of the National Model Railroad Association

2:30 pm
Making Trees with Doug Dederick
Coniferous (Evergreen/Pine) Trees

Do you have a mountain side or forest to fill? Doug will take you through an easy and effective technique for making coniferous (evergreen) trees that is inexpensive and results in realistic trees for all scales using twine and a drill! Sound intriguing? Then come see Doug at 2:30pm in Meeting Room 7!