The load leaving Astra Systems is an Honest John missile built from an ancient Revell kit. The Honest John is made up from 13 parts. The packing crate was made up from 152 pieces of stripwood. Do you know the significance of the term Astra in Canadian aviation history?
A technician perches high atop a Lionelville ladder car to fine tune the Communications Satellite prior to launch.
The Dino Roars train clears the bridge while Tyrannosaurus looms up behind.
The Dino Roars train gets some interest from the locals as it leaves the station.
We haven’t left out the rescue vehicles. A fire tender is parked at the ready beside Hangar 3. The companion ambulance for this fire truck is still in the paint shop.
Forced perspective is a trick used by modelers to make a scene look deeper/farther away than it really is. It is accomplished by placing models of a smaller scale in the background to fool the viewers eye. The black Hurricane on the runway is 1/48 scale, the same as the Lionel trains. The yellow Tiger Moth, vehicles and control tower in the background are smaller models at 1/72 scale. The N scale train on the left is smaller still at 1/160 scale.
Here’s a teaser glimpse of part of our rocket launch pad. Its made up of odds and ends including these N scale bridges.
During the pandemic, the mandates prevented work in the train room. That gave us lots of time to make up custom cars and loads at home for the new Aviation/Aerospace themed layout. The wings for this RCAF P 51 Mustang are carried on a separate car.
Our new layout has trains on 3 levels. Here we see a custom rocket fuel car parked on the lower level. Just above it, on level 2, a CNR Railiner Budd car zips along the passenger-only line.
This Billboard is displayed near the north tunnel portals. It’s sort of a tongue-in-cheek ad for the Train Event on July 3. Five Avro Arrows in formation always draws comments.
The 2023 Model Train Event will feature updates made to the model train layouts!
For the event, guest model railroaders will be displaying layouts and volunteers will be on hand to discuss model railroading with visitors.
Children’s activities will also be featured, as well as some trains that visitors can ‘drive’.