Just for the email. Not to worry, though. They will have catalogs at their usual booth location.
Gotta agree with everything Emile stated. Atlas-O's "glory days" at York with their dog-bone display layout and behind-the-booth seminars are long gone. For years now, their York booth as been a mere shadow of its former self.I like Atlas products and have quite a few, but i won't miss their booth or their catalog.Neither has ever been all that compelling. They make a very nice product but I don't think marketing is their strong suit. That's OK.
Their California Zephyr passenger cars are the quietest, smoothest, frictionless rolling cars I have in my collection. Noticeably better gliding than even Golden Gate Depot (And that's saying a lot). The lack of a booth or a nice looking catalog won't stop me from buying future Atlas products.
Its my understanding Lionel's big layout was actually brought to the show and setup by TW Trainworks who was charging them 5 figures to do this. Add to that food and lodging for their staff and the healthy price ED charged for the space and its not hard to understand Lionel cutting back.Then came some rumblings that the importers didn't feel York was "cost effective" for them anymore, and they wouldn't be spending $$$$ to bring their wonderfully built train layouts anymore. Lionel was the first to abandon a scenic'd display layout as I recall -- opting to run a few loops of track on sheets draped over a table. Never understood that move by the company claiming to be the industry "leader" per se. But that's the card the bean-counters chose to play. Then Atlas-O began downsizing it's displays considerably. And finally, MTH reduced it's display layout size too. But of the three, MTH still seems to have the most well-rounded "booth" with buzz at York.
Not necessarily a good thing or bad thing... just changing (again).
Lionel wasn't there last April or is it this April??I don't have any Atlas O Gauge nor do I plan to buy any so Atlas' absence doesn't concern me.
Will Lionel be there?
I've only been to April once. I usually go in October. I didn't see any difference. The October show we sell a lot of videos and books on Friday. Thursday and Saturday is pretty thin. Even opening to the pubic on Friday and Saturday hasn't increased attendance.On a side note I have a question. I've been to Oct York, I've been to April York. I've notice a difference in the amount of attendance. Is there a big difference between the two? With Lionel and Atlas now out of the spring meet is it more than a cost cutting scheme or is it really not worth it?