Copetown 2014

On Sunday Chris Abbott, Mark Zagrodney and I braved the snowy weather to take in the 2014 edition of the Copetown Train Show.

This annual event is always a grand day out. Most train shows attract a broad spectrum of visitors – including many members of the non-hobby public who are curious, or merely bored. Copetown is different in that it tends to skim the cream of the hobby. It’s not an exclusive event – anybody can visit – but those who do attend tend to be life-long hobbyists or those committed to joining our ranks.

As such, my experience at Copetown often feels like a class reunion. I look forward to the chance to catch up with many people who I know, but don’t get to see otherwise.

As they have for most (but not all) years since 2006, some members of the S Scale Workshop set up their Free-mo style modular layout at Copetown this year.

As I note above, it was a snowy day – and that meant that the show was not as crowded as it has been other years. I took advantage of the space to move about and shot some video of the Workshop’s layout. Click on the image below to visit the Copetown show report on the S Scale Workshop blog, where you can watch the movie:
Workshop video poster - Copetown 2014 photo Copetown2014-Poster_zps64528bc3.jpg

With so many S scalers in the room, talk naturally turned to future projects. A number of the Workshop members are also manufacturers so the talk was more than idle speculation. And while I cannot share specific plans (because that’s not my place), the good news is that there’s more on the way for those who model in 1:64 – especially if one has an interest in Canadian railways.

As soon as there are announcements to be made, I’ll share them here.

After the show closed to the public, Mark, Chris and I stopped the Black Bull pub in Burlington. Much hilarity ensued. The three of us used to get together regularly for round-robin work sessions but changes in work and other commitments mean it’s hard for us to do that now – so it was great to socialize over a pint and a snack before ploughing through slush and snow on the trip home.

Looking forward to the next time, guys!

21 thoughts on “Copetown 2014

  1. Trevor,

    Video looks awesome!

    Any hints on what is upcoming in Canadian S? Fingers crossed I can fit it on the Newfie RR?


    • Hi Andrew:
      Sorry – can’t say because they’re not my projects – but there are a few things at various stages of development or production. It’s all good.
      Doesn’t everything fit on the Newfie RR? 😉

  2. Nice video, indeed – I was there earlier in the day and was especially taken by Simon’s curved turnouts and station at the far end of the setup. Beautifully executed, as was the rest, very enticing!

  3. This is one of the best examples I have seen so far of Fremo for scenery. I like the ways that trees were used both as view blocks and frame your attention on the scene and the train and away from distractions.

    I once had the good fortune to see the old Disney Studio back lot which was not large and they were already building office buildings in the area. They used berms and small trees to give the the feeling that you had miles of rolling hills around you. Several of the scenes on this Fremo dioramas seemed to show the same level of skill that I remember seeing on that old back lot in the 1960s.

  4. By the way studying some of the old movie sets, might give a lot of ideas how to give the appearance of space. I recall the old Hello Dolly set which represented miles of 1890 New York City, or Brooklyn. This included some of a distant twelve story building, that was actually no more than four stories tall. The entire set was not more than a few blocks, three of four at most. But by using forced perspective they gave you the appearance of miles and miles of city landscape. All of this without all the computer tricks of todays movies, and done outside. I had a great time riding my small 60 CC motorcycle around it a few times as it was being used as a parking lot then around it as much as I could.

  5. From the start in 1997 or so, I’ve always enjoyed the Copetown show. Copetown is what other Canadian model rail shows are not. Serious Canadian modelling, supplies to advance our cause, as well as meeting so many other serious Canadian modellers that we might only know online otherwise. No flea market junk or dubious “bargains” on offer.

    Some cavil at the location, being fifty miles or so from downtown Toronto. Many complain about parking being difficult to find. I never have had much trouble with this. A change of venue (and one closer to the GTA as well) is offered up by some as the solution to these issues.

    My concern is that any change in venue would result in Copetown becoming like many other train shows. Copetown has its coterie of attendees, who come to this show for its Quality. Much of what is on offer at Copetown simply does not exist at those other train shows.

    My only regret is that I could not attend this year!!

    • Hi Charles:
      Not that I know of. The Workshop has done a fair bit of travelling over the last couple of years – including Springfield MA, Ottawa ON, Milwaukee WI and Scranton PA. I think the boys want to put their feet up for a bit before they return to the open road.

  6. Hi Trevor, I was hoping to meet you at Copetown, but I had to leave early. I did however talk to many of the S scale workshop members about their great layout and how they did certain parts of it and some of the equipment. They answered all my many questions and were a joy to be around. I even bought an S scale CP caboose from Simon Parent.When I got there around 10:15, the place was packed; and had to park half-way down the drive. Great to see that kind of attendance. Now you’ve whet our appetite for what’s coming in S scale! Sounds encouraging.
    Cheers, Gord

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