Rapido Trains Dealer Event

As many who know me know, I am an active volunteer with the Toronto Railway Historical Association, the volunteer organization that has built and operates the Toronto Railway Museum in the former Canadian Pacific Railway John Street Roundhouse in Toronto. The museum is a dealer for Rapido Trains, the Canadian manufacturer of model trains. Shameless plug, if you want to support the museum and buy model trains, get in touch with the museum through the website and order your Rapido models from them!

6992789588_3d849b2d93_oThe Toronto Railway Museum store is inside the passenger waiting room of Don Station, if you’re downtown Toronto visiting the museum, it’s got all kinds of train themed gifts including a limited selection of Rapido products, but we can order anything they’ve announced for you!

Last week Rapido hosted their annual dealer event at their world headquarters in Markham. This is the third time I’ve attended on behalf of the museum. Its an interesting event for me as I am friends with some of the Rapido staff, and have gotten to know most of the employees at least a little bit over the years by virtue of that. As I don’t work at the museum store full time, I only help out with looking at models to sell, I don’t have as much invested as most of the other attendees at the event whose business is running model railroad stores. Retailers from stores across Canada were in attendance, along with suppliers like ESU who provides the DCC boards and sounds for Rapido. Its a chance to network, and catch up.

Jason Shron, President of Rapido Trains addressing the assembled dealers, and showing off this years Thomas Birthday Cake

Jason Shron, the founder and president of Rapido also had the company bus out for rides. Its always fun to be out in the Rapido bus, as you get strange looks from people at bus stops and inevitably someone who wonders why you aren’t opening the doors to pick them up as you go by!!

Rapido Bus ride with Jason Shron at the wheel.

Fortunately for me, this years announcements weren’t anything I need or want, but the core of what was announced will be awesome for N-scale modellers. Canadian FP9’s, VIA Rail F40’s & rebuilt F40’s, LRC Coaches, and The Canadian stainless steel cars in N-Scale. For anyone who has never seen Rapido’s products, these will be some of the best models out there when they arrive. Their only HO Scale announcement was more Canadian RDC models.

Rapido Engineering Samples from partially completed molds. VIA Rail Rebuilt F40, LRC Coaches and Park Cars in N-Scale.

As a disclaimer, Rapido’s offices aren’t a store, they aren’t open to the public in the sense that you can’t just show up and wander into the offices where future products are being designed, or the warehouse. If you show up unannounced, you’ll be able to sit in some comfy Ex-VIA Rail coach seats in their lobby, and talk with their wonderful receptionist, but you won’t be able to buy anything or see anything secret!

Who keeps a Tardis in their warehouse??? I mean really!!

Alco Family Photos

A Trio of Canadian Pacific Railway 7020’s!

Ain’t they quite the family? Three of the four Canadian Pacific Railway paint schemes that Alco S-2 Number 7020 wore in her life. The recently re-painted preserved 7020 in as-delivered 1944 Black with Tuscan boxes and yellow/gold lettering. The tuscan with yellow was introduced sometime in the late 1940’s/early 1950’s, and the Action Red Multimark was applied sometime after 1968 when it was introduced. All that is missing is 7020 in CPR Tuscan and Grey with script lettering (see here) that would have been worn from the early 1960’s until it was repainted after 1968. I’ve never seen a photograph of 7020 in the tuscan and grey  with block lettering that was applied between 1955 and 1960, though many S2’s received this version. Switchers didn’t get repainted a lot, so the fact that 7020 wore four paint schemes between 1944 and 1986 when she was retired is actually quite impressive!

All three 7020’s can be seen Sunday May 26th at the Toronto Railway Museum‘s Doors Open Toronto Open House from 10am-5pm. I’ll be there between 10 and 3 if anyone wants to talk modelling and you’re in the Toronto area.

The Worst Fear of Anyone who Exhibits Come to Life

This is a sad post, and something that is one of my greatest fears when I go to shows and display models on behalf of myself or the Toronto Railway Museum. Shows like Prototype Modellers Meets where stuff is out for a day and people from the show are always there are one thing, but bigger, full weekend shows where you might set up on Friday night or Saturday morning, and leave things set up for one or two nights trusting in the venue and the organizers security always makes me nervous.

Images of the damage done the night of May 17-18, courtesy Market Deeping Model Railway Club

Unfortunately, the worst struck the Market Deeping Model Railway Club in England on Friday night. After their venue closed following Friday setup, four youths are accused of breaking in, and demolishing everything setup for the show. Models and layouts that had taken decades to be constructed and in which people poured untold hours of time and effort into were kicked about and destroyed. In the two days since, people have started fundraising efforts to help the club and the attendees address the damages, and while its a laudable effort and one I support, it can also never replace what was taken.

More on the Market Deeping incident:

And, while I think there are more important things to fund raise for in the world, I am going to make a small donation to help those who had their hard work senselessly destroyed, if for no other reason as an act of paying it forward. I know having this happen to me would devastate me, and while money won’t fix things, hopefully knowing that others share their pain will help them move forward and not lose the love of our hobby that brought them to be there exhibiting in the first place. I also hope that this event doesn’t send a chill through my fellow modellers about going to shows and displaying our work. It helps to bring people into the hobby, and is a valuable way to meet people, share and learn skills, and enjoy the social side of the hobby.

For anyone interested, the Crowd Funding Link: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/market-deeping-mrc

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.