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:
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!