Dec 2, 2012

RBG Show

Today we finished up a two day show at the Royal Botanical Gardens Dec. 1 & 2, 2012.  John Johnston, Pete Moffet and myself were there.  We had Pete's Webb's Landing, John's Burnt River, my Great White North Brewery and the Great Green Fuzzy Corner.  Pete also brought both of Jim's turntables.  It was a well attended event with lots of other layouts.  Tons and tons of kids.  John actually let some of the kids run the trains.  John Johnston of the CARM organized it and invited us.  I would do it again in a flash.

As usual we had some technical difficulties but this time we had to deal with the humidity and the heat of the gardens which cause misalignments, warpage and inconsistent derailments from all the steamers except the most tempermental one!  I even ran the beer train backwards without a derailment with that loco!  Murphy's Law again. 

Our version of the Canadian Pacific XMAS Train made its debut today and got a lot of attention, especially Rudolph's flashing nose and the Gift car.  I wish I had bought more of these cars when they were available.  Now they all command collector's prices of up to $200 a car if it is lit.  The caboose actually is an undecorated one with XMAS stickers on it.  Kind of tacky (pun intended) but for this type of crowd it worked.

Check out the nose!
Even hobos get gifts!

Santa getting a brew.
Crossing Burnt River

At any rate, all things do pass and it was a great time, guys.  Happy Christmas to all, Andy.

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