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….

 

SuperTrain 2013

SuperTrain 2013

The Calgary LEGO® Train Club is very excited to participate in SuperTrain 2013.  Many of the members of the Calgary LEGO® Train Club are long time participants and this year promises to be an exciting year.  Track planning is underway, but a sneak peak would reveal three concentric loops utilizing both traditional 9 Volt track as well as Digital Command Control (DCC).

We hope that you can make it down to the Subway Soccer Centre, located at 7000 48th Street SE Calgary, the weekend of April 20 & 21, 2013 between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm.

A copy of the event poster is located here for reference.

Heritage Park Railway Days

Thank you again to Heritage Park for hosting us at their Railway Day‘s, which was held on September 29th and 30th.  We created a 15′ x 40’ display that was rich with both city themes as well as themes from our Western Heritage, including LEGO® steam engines!  The city core included Andrew’s ever-famous LEGO® C-Train stopping at various stations downtown Calgary, which (if one looked carefully) was being over-run with “comic” characters such as Spiderman®!

Glen also impressed both children and adults alike with outstanding representations of heavy machinery.  The functioning round table that fed in to the roundhouse by Mike was outstanding in detail and caused many people to stop in their tracks, causing a slight traffic jam.  The functioning round table that Heritage Park was demonstrating outside provided a level of realism that was mutually beneficial.  The amazing downtown buildings and scenery from Daryl and Albert were much appreciated and made the display fill in perfectly; additionally, Daryl’s downtown core that hid the two return tracks of the train as it came around was also a highlight – on more than one occasion, one could hear children saying, “It’s back there!” or “The train is coming from behind the building around the corner…”

Rudy provided a replica of the 1880’s CPR Calgary Railway Station, closely matching the replica that Heritage Park also built at the entrance of the park.  The sight of Indiana Jones (not historically accurate) coming out of the railway station made many children squeal in delight.

Thank you to the members who put countless hours building the various buildings and structures, the some sixty man hours it took to set up and another additional dozen to tear down, and to Bruce, the Meccano specialist to our North, who supplied some original Singer Sewing machine oil to quiet down one of our noisy train motors.  Thanks as well to The Dispatcher for generously making available Digital Command Control to us at a reasonable cost.