What would have been the 10th annual Regina Model Railroad Show has been cancelled because renovations to the venue are behind schedule and won't be completed in time for the Oct. 13 and 14 show.
"They didn't quite make it," said Gordon Down, referring to renovations to Cochrane High School, which has housed the model railway show for the past nine years. "So we had to cancel the show."
The last-minute notice made it impossible for event organizers to relocate, he said. "You've got to get permits and licences, and all that. So there just isn't time," a clearly disappointed Down explained.
In past years, the Regina Model Railway Show - jointly hosted by the Echo Valley Railroad Guild and Regina Model Railroad Club - set up portable model trains in about 13,000 square feet (1,210 square metres) of space, which included the school's large entrance area, cafetorium and gym. Between 35 and 40 participants were expected this year, Down said.
"We will probably have to look for a new venue (for future shows)," he said.
Despite the show being cancelled, event organizers said they still plan to make their annual charitable donation.
"The board decided we still want to give (the Leader-Post Christmas Cheer Fund) $500," Down said.
In past years, a portion of the event's proceeds supported the charity, which supports four Regina shelters for women and children fleeing domestic abuse.