Barrie-Allandale Train Show 2019

This weekend, February 16 & 17th is the 49th annual Barrie-Allandale Train Show at the Bradford Greenhouse just west of Barrie. I will be there with some of my models of the Toronto Railway Museum collection and the museums display. If you are in the area, come by and talk about the museum or the models, I’m happy to discuss both!!

The show flyer is below with a map and more information. Hopefully see you there!


Hamilton & Ancaster Model Train Show – Sunday January 27/2019


I’m going to a different show than the couple of times I’ve been to the Lakeshore Model Railroaders Flea Market in the past year. I’ve still got plenty of things from my old layout or that I’ve bought over the years that now don’t fit the layout I’m building. I’m not going to post a complete list here, but in case anyone who reads the blog is interested, a few of the new and harder to find items are below. If you are interested, leave a comment before the end of the day Saturday and we can make arrangement for it to be set aside for you.

IMG_7255.jpgAthearn Genesis G9012 – USRA Light Mikado 2-8-2 Canadian National Railways #3708 – $125 DC
img_7254Bachmann Spectrum 11429/BAC544040 – Canadian National # 2486 DC – $125
img_7253Rapido Trains GM FP9A – 220003 – Canadian National 1954 (Green/Black) # 6517 DC – $175
img_7257Rapido Trains Bay Sleeper – Canadian National 1954 “Chaleur Bay” – $75

A partial list of what I will have at the show on Sunday is below, feel free to leave a comment if you are interested in anything and we can see what we can do:

Part Number Manufacturer Description Asking
7812 Athearn Heavyweight Coach CN Green Cape Chignecto $ 20
Trueline Trains 36′ Fowler Boxcar (Grounded Body) $ 5
Life-Like 40 CP boxcar $ 10
Athearn Steel CN Caboose 78344 $ 10
Walthers Arrowhead Brewery Background Building (w 12volt lights & interior) $ 30
Walthers Hardwood Furniture Background Building $ 20
Walthers George Roberts Printing $ 30
Walthers 90′ Turntable w Motor $ 25
Walthers 3 Stall Roundhouse $ 30
Wills Stone Engine House (w 12volt lights & interior) $ 30
Wills Coal/Water Servicing Platform (w 12volt lights) $ 20
City Classics A&P Supermarket (w 12volt lights & interior) $ 60
Kanamodel CNR Interlocking Signal Box (Wood) (w 12volt lights & interior) $ 50
DPM/Woodland Kelly’s Saloon $ 15
R4063B Hornby LNER Brake Coach 5550 $ 20
Lledo Monk Bar Model Shop Truck $ 5
R474 Hornby LMS Composite Coach $ 20
LL239715 Life-like CN D-250 RDC $ 80
R2198A Hornby GWR 0-6-0 Class 2721 #2759 $ 50
Atlas #4 or #6 Code 83 Switches (used) $10/Each

2018 Greater Toronto Train Show – September 29/30

My apologies on the late notice, but the show had slipped my mind.  I will be at the 2018 Greater Toronto Train Show (formerly the Brampton Train Show) with the Toronto Railway Museum display.  The show runs from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.  An admission coupon for $1.00 off Adult Admission is at the bottom of this post.

Pictures of the TRHA Display at the 2017 Brampton Train Show (now Greater Toronto Train Show).

I will be at the show all day Saturday, and Sunday afternoon from around 1pm onward.  Please feel free to come by and chat about the Museum and our restoration work, the models of the TRHA on display, or any other aspect of modelling and 3D printing.

2018GTTS-Admission+Coupon.jpgAdmission Coupon. Print and bring to the show for $1.00 off entry.

Great British Train Show 2018 – Belated Show Report

Even numbered years are big years for those of us interested in British Model Trains in Ontario.  Even numbered years brings the return of the Great British Train Show at the end of April.  I blogged about the 2016 Edition of the show here, and despite some delay in getting this post written, I did attend and enjoy the show again in 2018.

As it’s been 3 weeks since the show, this is going to be a photo heavy rather than a text heavy post, largely as I want a reference/reminder to it for myself.  As with 2016, I brought a newbie to the British Scene along with me, this time, my friend Doug.  We want off and visited Credit Valley Model Railroad after the show, and then had a pub lunch. I need to research pubs in Mississauga, our choice was passable, but only just.

You’d grin like an idiot too if you’d just bought an unopened London RT Bus for $5!!
My friend Trevor Marshall bought a new locomotive, a Lee Marsh GWR 517 Class to operate on his friend Brian Dickey’s Roweham layout, a gorgeous loco on a gorgeous layout – Read More Here about Trevor’s thoughts on investing in others layouts as well as your own in relation to Roweham.
Rapido Trains was the title sponsor of the show.  Along with their Tardis, they had samples of the Sterling Single, J70 Tram Locomotive, and GPV Gunpowder Van.
Phil Parker from BRM Magazine along with the project/raffle prize layout “Didbury Green” that be brought from the UK with him. Sadly, I didn’t win it, but inspiration for small space modelling!!
A sampling of the variety on offer, clockwise from top left: Vintage Tri-Ang; Platelayers Society OO Guage show layout; Montreal British Modellers portable layout; working Meccano locomotive; Live Steam; P4 Gauge Upper Leaside; and, OO Gauge Ottawa British Club layout.  Something for everyone and every era of British Railways.

With me moving in June, I wasn’t in the market for much, turns out, buying a house and moving in Toronto is expensive (who knew?).  That said, I got my discount bus and a discounted passenger car for a project, so I managed to spend slightly more at the vendors than I did on admission and raffle tickets, but not by nearly as much as past shows.

With that, onwards to 2020, I know I’ve already got a note on the long-range calendar to be free the last weekend of April for the show when it rolls around again!

Mississauga Model Railroad Flea Market Report

As I posted the other day, I attended the Mississauga Model Railroad Flea Market today, but not as a shopper, but as a seller.  Something I had never done with any of my model railroad belongings before. I’ve never parted ways with anything in any meaningful way. Just over two years ago when I started blogging about my modelling, I mused about whether or not the effort to sell stuff was worth it.  With our decision to buy a house, and move, that pushed me to finally give it a shot. What’s the worst that could happen? I could spend a Sunday and not manage to sell anything and still have to move it. Or, I could spend a Sunday and sell models I no longer need or want onto new homes, and wind up with money in my pocket for buying a DCC system and building benchwork for my layout.

IMG_5067A view of the Mississauga Model Railroad Flea Market shortly after opening. The new venue at a church in Mississauga is a really pleasant room for spending a day in.

I’m pleased to report, that it most definitely was worth the effort, but there are caveats to that.  I sold a lot of stuff, but that is in no small part because I priced my items with prices that were generally on the low side, because I am/was a motivated seller.  I didn’t actually haggle a lot on a lot of things, because people looked at the prices and felt they were fair.  This has always been one of my problems shopping at “Flea Market” type shows.  I don’t go to spend over what something is worth on something you have been dragging across the province for years until someone crazy enough to over pay you for it.  I’m happy to pay reasonable values, and was happy to sell for reasonable values.

IMG_5064My co-table mates Dan and Ryan look at my large stack of rolling stock and buildings for sale.

I didn’t bring everything I could have, knowing that I was sharing the table, but, I  brought a lot of stuff.  Two 80L plastic tubs of structures and boxed rolling stock, and 3 A-line totes full of loose rolling stock.  By the end of the day, I had one tub and one A line tote left full, so a reduction of well over 50% in what I brought.  Because I was a motivated seller, unlike some you see at these shows who are doing it as a business or a sideline, I set my prices such that my stuff sold.  Is there stuff I sold for less than its value, absolutely, but there is also stuff that even at $5 or $10, I probably sold for more than it was worth.  At the end of the day, I achieved my goals of reducing the amount of model trains that I don’t need in my storage locker, and in making some money to re-invest in my hobby.

Its certainly not for everyone, its a long day, and it helps if you are organized and have a list of what you have and want to sell, but if you are willing to make some effort, you can certainly convert models you don’t need or aren’t using into funds to re-invest in the hobby.  Will I do it again, definitely, but it may not be for years, but I will do it again when next I think I have enough items to try and sell to make it worth my while.

2018 Toronto Railway Prototype Modellers Meet

This past weekend was the annual Toronto Railway Prototype Modellers Meet, held at Humber College in the northwest of the City.  It was my third time attending, and it was a good chance to catch up with friends and see some fantastic modelling and learn a bit as well.  The number of attendees was around the same as my past times, about 50 people, though it felt like everyone brought fewer models with them as we got through the show and tell portion of the day in a lot less time than past years.  Maybe that just means we all talked a lot less?

Scenes from an RPM -Checking out the models, and hearing about them from their builders.

As has been the case in past years, it was a very HO Scale centric event.  I don’t know if that says more about the nature of prototype modellers, or the Toronto modelling community.  There was one S-Scale modeller, and everything else was HO.  I know in N and O scales it can be a lot harder to find models to use as starting points or detail parts, but it seems strange to me that 99% of the room is HO.  Having not been to any of the RPM meets in the US, I don’t know if the ratio holds there as well or not.

Casting Masters, test pier, part of the deck and the new in progress centre pier of Dylan Harris’ Kettle Creek Bridge.  The second photo is the bridge in 2012 at the Barrie-Allandale Train Show, the last shot is one of Al Welch’s Brass CPR Steam Locomotives on the right.

As is the usual case, the catching up was interrupted by three seminars.  This year, one was by Dylan Harris on his modelling of the Kettle Creek Bridge in St Thomas.  This bridge is massive, the model is around 12′ long, he only had representative parts to show.  I’ve seen it as part of the CASO modular layout, and he takes it to other Free-mo meets.  It’s impressive.  The second was by Tony Kerr on railfanning in Toronto in the 1960’s and 70’s, lots of pictures from his misspent (well spent?) youth train watching.  The final was from Al Welch and was on his tips and techniques for tuning and improving the running of brass steam locomotives.

A selection of models from others at the 2018 RP, in various stages of completion.

The caliber of the models on display always amazes and inspires me.  I love seeing what railroads or eras or types of equipment excite others.  Even when I am not as knowledgeable or as interested in a prototype, seeing others who are helps motivate me to have my models inspire the same in others about what I’m doing.

My models at this years show, the nearly done 587 Yonge Diorama, the first test GO Coach, and the completed Dominion of Canada shipment.