After several years of trying, the Railway Modellers’ Meet finally accepted one of my clinic proposals. On Thursday, I delivered Reinventing Wheels: A Pembroke Update to a packed Zoom room. The title was a nod to Mark Dance, who once noted that if there is a more difficult way to do something, I will find […]
Read More Railway Modellers’ Meet Clinic
The Railway Modellers’ Meet was one of the first to meets to forge ahead in a virtual format amongst all the cancellations of 2020, and I dare say we have virtual meets increasingly dialed in. The virtual format suits the British Columbian geography. Sparsely perched on the far edge of the continent, for many of […]
Read More The Railway Modellers come to Pembroke
I had the great privilege to be invited to Mark Dance’s Columbia and Western for one last run before he tears it out and crates it up for its new life in Edmonton. We ran some trains (including, at 47 cars, the longest ever on the railroad), had some snacks and Mark gave each of […]
Read More Last train on the Columbia and Western
Last week we announced that the Railway Modellers’ Meet will take a different format this year. Encouraged to keep our distance and “be kind, be calm and be safe” by that delightful fascist, Dr Bonnie Henry, we won’t be meeting in person at SFU this year. Instead, we’ll be hosting a reduced program via Zoom. […]
Read More Only the tour’s off
In these days of social and physical isolation, of lock-down, of panic buying and worrying at the news, there’s a theme going around modelling communities. To the outside world, modelling already looks a lot like self-isolation. “I’ve been training for this my whole life” reads one photo of a crowded modelling space. These memes seem […]
Read More I’m modelling for Matthieu
One of the great joys of blogging is that occasionally a kindred spirit stumbles across your site and reaches out. In my case, these take the form of other modellers working on the Canada Atlantic Railway, or those working in Proto:87. Richard Guitar was the first to share some photos of his O-Gauge CAR layout […]
Read More And now we are three!
Richard Guitar sent through a few more photos of his O Gauge Canada Atlantic layout. As I’ve mentioned before, the entire Canada Atlantic modelling fraternity could have a convention in a broom closet. So, it’s always thrilling to see models of Canada Atlantic equipment and locations.
Read More Happy Holidays from Richard Guitar
Richard Guitar sent some more photos of his O Gauge Canada Atlantic equipment on the weekend of the the Vancouver Train Expo. My apologies to Richard for not getting this up sooner! It’s amazing to me how recognizable these scenes are. Richard seems to have a knack for distilling the elements of a scene
Read More More O Gauge Canada Atlantic
For many years, I was the only Canada Atlantic Railway modeller I had ever met. Then for a short while, Ron Newby was hoeing this very long row with me. Then, he found other, more accessible subjects, and then as far as I know, I was the only one again. A couple of weeks ago, Richard […]
Read More And now we are two!
It seems like ages since I went for an operating weekend anywhere. However, there are some trips that you simply can’t pass up, and the last opportunity to operate on Al Frasch’s Pilchuck Division was one of those. So this Saturday, seven of us stole across the border at 7:30 AM, counting our blessings that […]
Read More Seattle Roadtrip!