Heritage Park Railway Days

Wow….  Summer has blown by – the leaves are starting to turn yellow and fall to the ground, children are back in school, the mornings are cooler with the occasionally frost… and that means that Fall is here. Along with the change in season, the members of the Calgary LEGO® Train Club have been very busy and are excited to participate again in Heritage Park Railway Days on Saturday, September 28th and Sunday, September 29th.

The theme this year for the Calgary LEGO® Train Club will be a display stretching from the prairies through the mountains to Vancouver.

We hope that you are able to make it to Heritage Park and view our display.  If not, though, we will post photo’s in our photo gallery.

Power Pickup for PF Motors

Many members in our club are very excited with Sage Railworks, a Belgium LEGO® train fan, who has merged “O” scale wheels with spring loaded contacts and his own ingenuity to make power pick up off of metal 9V train track for Power Function (PF) motors, which are typically powered by batteries.  The LEGO® Group switched from metal track and motors with built in power pickup to PF motors and completely plastic track about six years ago (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lego_Trains for more information on the history).  For groups such as the Calgary LEGO® Train Club, metal track is very important as we would consume too many batteries over the span of a multi-day show.

For more information, check out the following Bricklink page.  There is also a very good article on EuroBricks.

SuperTrain 2013

A quick update…. the Calgary LEGO Train Group won first place at SuperTrain 2013 for Best Fun Display.  Our members also won this last year as well, which we are quite proud of.

We just want to take a moment to thank the SuperTrain organizing committee for all their effort to put on an outstanding show, all the volunteers, and many, many spectators who asked so many neat and fun questions.

There are pictures at http://www.cltc.ca/photo/index.php?/category/7

Thanks again….