The model railroad displays attract young and old to the Annual Train Show event at the Museum at Campbell River.

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Model trains and heavy equipment take over Museum at Campbell River

Each January, young and old gather at the Museum at Campbell River to share a love of trains.

The Annual Train Show featuring the North Island Model Railroaders transforms the museum’s changing gallery into a wonderland of miniature landscapes. The operating HO Scale and Garden Scale trains drive through detailed arrangements of scenery, miniature buildings and equipment. To compliment this display, there is also an ICATS display in the lobby.

ICATS stands for Island Construction and Trucking Show, which displays remote controlled heavy equipment such as front end loaders and excavators.

“Lou Desbiens from Royston is coming with an earth mover, or scraper, Caterpillar model 637 that he just finished up for the show, says Rob Roy from ICATS, describing some new equipment on display this year. “It’s a spectacular model that the public will really enjoy,” Roy says.

“It’s such a great show,” he continues. “This will be the 6th year the ICATS will be showing at the Museum for this event.”

Thanks to the huge success of this annual event, and the generosity of the participants, the event has become a fundraiser for the museum.  The museum is dependent on fundraising to continue to provide public programs, exhibits and school tours.

The train show has something for everyone, from toddlers to seniors.  It will run on Jan. 28 from noon to 5 p.m. and Jan. 29 from noon to 4 p.m.

The cost is only $7.00 per person or $20.00 for the whole family. Kids under six are free.

Call the Museum at Campbell River at 250-287-3103 for more information. Discover for yourself why this fascinating hobby is popular all around the world.

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