The weather was dicey, but that didn’t stop us. I was joined by friends Ryan Mendell, Jeff Young and Mark Zagrodney for the annual trek to the Copetown Train Show.
(Al Ferguson (l) from Black Cat Publishing and Mark Zagrodney. That’s Clare Gilbert from Sylvan Scale Models behind the booth to the right. And if you look carefully, you’ll spot fellow S scale enthusiast and MLW Services brass hat Andy Malette, wearing green and standing in front of the doorway on the far wall)
The show is billed as “Canada’s best-kept model railway secret” – and that’s a good thing: Unlike most shows, which cater to enthusiasts across the spectrum from Thomas The Tank Engine on up, this is a show purely for the life-long hobbyist. In lieu of junk tables, toys and basement hobby shops, the exhibitor list includes photo, book and video dealers, historical societies, restoration projects, and manufacturers. In fact, there are very few hobby retailers or layouts at Copetown. It’s just not that kind of show. And since we have many such shows in the area over the year, everybody is fine with that.
I always enjoy Copetown for the opportunity to catch up with people I haven’t seen in a while. For example, I haven’t seen Andy Malette in many weeks, and it’s been several months since I exchanged pleasantries with Bill Dewar, Dan Garcia, Clare Gilbert and Jeff Pinchbeck. (Great to see you, fellas!)
I had a good chat with Roger Chrysler, who is well known in these parts as an excellent modeller of the electrified lines that ran from Kitchener-Waterloo, through Brantford and down to Port Dover. (My friend Hunter Hughson has written about Roger’s layout on his blog). Roger shared some terrific information about a portion of the Grand River Railway that intrigues me – not as a modelling subject for myself, but hopefully for somebody else. More on that once I’ve digested the information…
After the show, we retired to The Black Bull – a nearby pub – for a pint and a late lunch. That too has become a Copetown tradition for me.
A fun day out – thanks to Ryan, Jeff and Mark. I’m already looking forward to next year!