Canadian History in Miniature Trains!

With the holiday season approaching and memories of train sets under Christmas trees endlessly looping in parents’ heads, now is the time to introduce this age-old tradition to a whole new generation of children. Trains are deeply rooted in Canada’s history and much can be learned from exploring their contribution to our country. The first Canadian transcontinental was completed in 1885, simplifying long-distance overland travel. From then until the 1950s, trains were the transportation workhorses of society. After commercial airlines took off, trains and planes fought for passenger business with airlines replacing trains as the glamorous way to travel. Evidence of the esteem rail travel had in earlier times exists in the opulence of restored railway stations.

Exploring the world of model trains can be fun for the whole family! This year’s Vancouver Train Expo from Nov 5-6 at the PNE Forum has something for everyone, including an opportunity for kids to experience hands-on the grand past-time of another millennium, and for parents to gain exposure to the state-of-the-art technology of today’s new trains. The Expo represents the contribution railways made, and continue to make, to Canadian history and culture. Model railroading is a rewarding hobby that ranges from pushing wooden trains around on the floor to replicating a part of our history in miniature, sometimes re-enacting a particular time and date, and adhering to the same rule book and procedures as the real railroad did in that day.

Vancouver Train Expo will feature trains made from scratch by hobbyists with metal working skills, and others produced by 3D printers. In addition to a variety of interactive train displays such as Thomas & Friends, Vancouver Train Expo will offer mini-rail train rides, LEGO® displays and balloon twisters – the perfect family outing for a pre-Christmas weekend. It will appeal to kids who are fascinated with small working mechanisms, and parents who enjoy learning the various technical and artistic skills that are part of this endeavour.

Don’t miss the Vancouver Train Expo. Visit www.vancouvertrainexpo.ca.