(51-02’26.78”N, 114-02’59.92”W, elev. 3432 feet)

THE CHINOOK: The 3-day Model Railroad Meet entitled “THE CHINOOK” was terrific and for those who missed it, it was just GREAT and the price was only $20. Congratulations go to the organizers who planned the event allowing me to celebrate a Birthday with friends at a Train Meet.  How better could it get?

SUPERTRAIN 2013: set perhaps a record attendance in the area of 13,700. Total attendance numbers, or how much food and money the Food Bank took but the Girl Guides completely sold out of their cookies.


 May 4: MMRF Annual Swap Meet: Central Lion's Senior Citizens Recreation Centre 11113 113 St., Edmonton, 9AM-Noon, Admission $2, tables $20, $15 for MMRF members. Info: Ron Boyer, 780-466-2670,

May 4-5, 11-12:  “ Day Out with Thomas”.  Thomas the Tank Engine returns to Heritage Park, Calgary with all of his friends in 2013! For two weekends only, Heritage Park transforms into the Island of Sodor for Thomas themed fun.  Don’t miss the excitement!

May 18: Heritage Park, Calgary opens for the 2013 season!

June 15-16: Aspen Crossing Train Days, Mossleigh,                                                  !tran-days/c1ea7

June 26-30:  Snake River Special. Pacific Northwest Region Convention. Boise, Idaho  Hotel and Convention Center. Info:

July 14-July 20NMRA National Convention and National Train show, Atlanta, Georgia.

 Sep 21-222013 Great Edmonton Model Train Show, 10 AM - 5 PM, *NEW LO-CATION* Millennium Place, 2000 Premier Way in Sherwood Park. Layouts, displays, clinics, dealers and LEGO! email:

October 20:  CMRS Fall Mini-Meet and AGM, Glenmore Inn,  Calgary

Oct 26-27Red Deer Model Railroad Show. Westerner Park in the Harvest Center, 4847A - 19th St.  Red Deer. Sat: 10AM-5PM; Sun: 10AM-4PM. $5.00 per person, children 5 and under are free. Info:  Gord Sylvester, 403-986-3866, or

November 8-10:  “Trains 2013” Railway Meet and Public Show, Burnaby, B.C. Details are in this newsletter

NOVEMBER  16,  CMT 75th ANNIVERSARY:    I am still seeking input as requested from seeking what you would like to see as part of our Anniversary.

CMT 75th ANNIVERSARY  CLUB CARS:  Some members want a 75th Anniversary Club Car and I’ve been in contact with Accurail (I actually talked to the President himself). Accurail can custom decorate cars, the minimum run size is 48 cars. “Following receipt of funds, projects can take place from 30-120 days”, and the Accurail says their run time demand is pretty good right now at meeting their deadlines. I will be asking for a decision at the May business meeting if CMT wants to order a run of Anniversary cars, a simple 40 foot Steel AAR car painted boxcar Red which Accurail has plenty in stock. I envision White lettering with car #2013 for all cars. I’ve asked Al Matchett to help me with lettering ideas from existing CMT Boxcars lettering on the club to the type seen on his Anniversary special Diesels.  Any other car chosen may delay our request. Our cost price will be about $16.00 in US funds plus shipping. Shipping is based on weight. Accurail could not suggest shipping cost now, but a firm quote sent back to us will include shipping. My feeling from the phone conversation is that the cost to CMT may be in the area of $18.50 in US funds delivered to Calgary.  Anything beyond this is your decision: if CMT wants to absorb any costs and give cars to members as part of our 75th then sell any remaining cars at a profit, or sell at cost to members and a make profit from non-members ……….that is your choice. Remember that excess stock can be sold at Open Houses, repainted, or just run on the club. My only concern is that we don’t want to be left with unsold cars.  Remember, I’ll be looking for your opinions if this is what is wanted since the order has to be placed soon.

NORM HAINES:  Member of The South Bank Model Railroad Club lost one of their long term members, Norm Haines. You may not have known Norm personally as I have had the priviledge, but he was the Auctioneer for most years at the annual October Model Railroad Auction. In the last 4-5 years he shared duties with other club members. My favorite memory is that he coined the phrase during the Auction of “let’s start bidding on all this neat stuff”

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  Miniatur Wunderland (German for miniature wonderland) is a model railway attraction in Hamburg, Germany and the largest of its kind in the world. As of January 2011, the railway consists of 12,000 metres (39,370 ft) of track in HO scale, divided into seven sections: Harz, the fictitious city of Knuffingen, the Alps and Austria, Hamburg, America, Scandinavia, and Switzerland. Of the 6,400 square metres (68,889 sq ft) of floorspace, the model takes 1,150 m2 (12,378 sq ft).
By 2020, the exhibit is expected to have reached its final construction phase, including at least a total of ten sections in a model area of over 2,300 m2 (24,757 sq ft). The next section covering an airport opened in May 2011. The exhibit includes 890 trains made up of over 11,000 carriages, 300,000 lights, 215,000 trees, and 200,000 human figurines. The creators are planning to work on models of Italy and France after the airport section.

Penticton Museum 2014 Centennial Request to Clubs

 The Penticton Museum is working towards an approximate 15 month long celebration in 2014-2015 of the centennial of the Kettle Valley Railway (KVR) and the S.S. Sicamous sternwheeler on Okanagan Lake. This project is in conjunction with a wider city initiative to promote tourism. The idea is to set up a special convention where model railway layouts would be displayed – much the same idea as the "Trains" show in Burnaby or the Lions Club Chilliwack show. Only, this would be a one-time special event. This won’t be limited to just model railroading, the broader railroad and steam boat scene will also be represented. If any clubs are interested in participating, please contact: Joe Smuin, 

Modeling Corner

Here is a real slick idea for weathering wood for our next upcoming project. There is an informative article on pickling wood with the vinegar-steel wool solution at the Lee Valley Tools website: