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.
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.
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.
Here’s a portion of the Win-N-Trak layout.
I bought a few intermodal well cars, an autorack, and a used DCC locomotive… my first DCC loco. Soon I will have to buy a DCC starter set!
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Congratulations and a hearty “well done” to the organizers, exhibitors and vendors.