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!
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.
Come visit the Great Winnipeg Annual Train Show, this Saturday and Sunday October 16-17 at the Mennonite Brethren Collegiate, 180 Riverton Avenue. The show is open on Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM, and Sunday from 11 AM to 4 PM. I plan to visit on Saturday afternoon and maybe Sunday as well. Last year’s show was good!