The sights and sounds of operating model trains will return to Quesnel in a big way on April 7 – 8 at the Quesnel Curling Rink.
The public is invited to get onboard to enjoy the fascinating hobby of model railroading from noon – 4 p.m., both days. Admission is $5 (adults), $4 (seniors and students), children under six are free and $15 (families.)
The show features three large operating layouts from Vernon, Salmon Arm and a combination Freemo layout incorporating individual modules from Quesnel, Prince George, Williams Lake, 150 Mile House, Roberts Creek (Gibsons) and Chilliwack.
There will also be three smaller layouts; one from William’s Lake and two from the Vernon Area. The Salmon Arm Model Railroader’s Shuswap & Monashee Railway layout has won many awards around the Pacific Northwest and is an example of the finest model railroading the world has to offer.
The intricate detail, lighting features and animation will fascinate everyone. The public will have an opportunity on Saturday to vote for their favourite operating layout.
Contest models and photographs will be on display along with other exhibits. A number of B.C. vendors will be on hand selling their wares and hourly door prizes will be awarded.
The not-for-profit Goldpan Express 2012 convention and public show is presented by members of the Quesnel Model Railway Club, Cariboo Freemo and independent Quesnel modellers.
The event is sponsored by the National Model Railroad Association of Canada.
Many modellers from around the Pacific Northwest will register for the complete convention to participate in the activities starting Friday night and culminating with the closing of the public show on Sunday.
So why not come out and get on track to discover why model railroading is called The World’s Greatest Hobby?
Additional information on the convention and public show may be found at www.goldpanexpress.info or by phone: 250 992-3452.
Russ Watson is a model train enthusiast and a member of the Quesnel Model Railway Club.