From Nepean/Barrhavan EMC: Train show on track at Algonquin
Model railways, electric trains, layouts, dioramas - whatever you call them, they are endlessly fascinating. There's something about miniaturization that's irresistible. And trains are special because they move.
Almost 2,000 visitors to RAILFAIR each October would certainly agree with you.This year's Rail Fair will be held in the Algonquin College cafeteria building os the seekedn of Saturday, Oct. 15. On show are operating layouts in different scales, from Thomas the Tank Engine about two feet high, to Z scale (1:250).
The Ottawa Valley Live Steamers and Model Engineers (OVLSME) display a variety of models, most of which are scratch built, including coal-fired railway locomotives, steam traction engines and steam boats. A very popular exhibit is a city complete with working trains all made of Lego bricks. If you want really tiny, check out a working 00 gauge train for a dollhouse (1:900).
As well as trains, RAILFAIR showcases railroad memorabilia, local hobby shops, Canadian kit manufacturers, out-of-town mail order houses, and second-hand equipment.
Or you could buy a raffle ticket (all proceeds to CHEO) and be lucky enough to win a working layout.
Model railways are more than trains, however. Most layouts are elaborately landscaped with hills, rivers, trees, buildings - in fact, anything you can find in 'real life' has a model equivalent. We even have a village complete with play park, laundry hanging out to dry and kids in a school yard. Interested in war gaming? historical dioramas? Much of what is on show will interest you too.
Sponsored by the Ottawa Valley Associated Railroaders (OVAR) website www.ovar.ca and British Railway Modellers of North America (BRMNA) website http://home.ca.inter.net/~brmna/index.html