I went to the Manitoba Mega Train show yesterday (September 24). The show is being held at the Red River Exhibition Park. The venue is spacious, allowing lots of room for train layouts, vendors and for other activites like model ship builders, Lego, face painters and more!
I was in line for the 9 AM opening. I’m normally not quite this keen but I had someplace to be in the afternoon, so I wanted to maximize my time there.
I loved the great mile 10.6 Manitoba Pool elevator and the Agricore concrete ‘vator!
There were other displays beyond trains… like these ship / submarine models. There were a lot of ships and boats on display. Note the pool where they were running radio control boats!
There was some face painting too…
There was LOTS of Lego, which I love. Very impressive.
I bought a few things at the vendor tables… mostly timetables and books but I did buy an Athearn CP crane. I had a lot of fun chatting with vendors and exhibitors and I think the social part of the morning was the best part.
I’ll leave you with a few videos and one more photo of yet another impressive layout. Thanks to the organizers and exhibitors for a great show!
Mark your calendars for CARM 2012, the annual Canadian Association of Railway Modelers convention in Regina, Saskatchewan. The show will be held from June 28 to July 1, 2012 at the University of Regina campus.
Registration forms are now available on their web site.
PS – I have no involvement with the event other than the use of a few of my pictures (with permission) on the home page.
If you’re in Fredericton on December 3, check out the Fredericton model train show! It will be at the Fredericton High School on Saturday from 9 AM to 4 PM in the cafeteria. Admission is $5 for adults and free for those 12 and under. Have fun!
Come one, come all, to the Portage Model Railroad Train Day on May 28 (Saturday) at the former Canadian Pacific Railway station in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.
“This event takes place at the Portage CP Station from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm with a BBQ from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. There will be model railroad displays running and model railroad supplies and souvenirs available for purchase.”
Contact: Charlotte Jones: 239-1803 or email email@example.com
I’m planning on being there, probably later in the afternoon.
The annual Sportsplex Model Train Show is on this coming weekend, Saturday Nov 13 from 9am to 4:30pm and Sunday Nov 14 from 10am to 3pm.
On display will be the Dartmouth Club and the On30 scale layouts, Mike’s G scale layout, Errol’s Z scale layout , another Z scale layout, and a LEGO layout and robotics display. Of course, a wide selection of vendors will offer new and used items.
I visited the Winnipeg model train show on Saturday (Oct 16). There were several impressive layouts at the show, and here are some photos and video of the event.
The photo above, and the video below, show a model Ontario Northlander running around the Free-Mo layout on the ground floor. I like the Free-Mo idea but I was a little disappointed that it was formed in a traditional rectangle. I understand the need for continuous running but the best part of Free-Mo is that you can join modules together in different configurations.
My son liked this layout.. actually, he liked any of the larger scale layouts. This one had a couple of flashing pumpkins on the layout, which were fun for the kids to find.
This busy layout had Thomas (with Annie & Clarabelle) running around the oval. My son liked that the train disappeared behind the backdrop and came out the tunnel. Even when he discovered where the train went, he was still excited. Note to self – need tunnel on home layout.
I was really impressed by the realism of some of the layouts. Here’s one module on an N-scale layout.
This layout by Paul Ullrich was my son’s favourite. Paul set up several log cars on the side for children to play with. Press the button and the logs dump… reset… repeat… I think my son would have stayed there for hours if I had let him.
A very close second for my son was this layout. I really liked the handcart following the train on the outside – very inventive.