Miniature Railways, Boats and Meccano this coming weekend in Hamilton!
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Our TRHC miniature railway was built by a band of volunteers, many of whom were drawn from one of three local miniature railway clubs in the Toronto area. One of these clubs, the Golden Horseshoe Live Steamers (GHLS) of Hamilton, Ontario held their first operating weekend this past weekend on the occasion of Hamilton’s Doors Open weekend. The event was a great success with a great turnout by the public. In the attached pictures we find a pair of electrically powered diesels and an old amusement park diesel engine on a gas-hydraulic powered chassis (similar to the one he built for the Mini-Whitcomb at the TRHC) built by Michael Guy of the TRHA which hauled over 1500 passengers during the weekend. The brightly coloured passenger cars were out on their first outing after having been rebuilt in a plant owned by two of our members.
Next weekend will be our traditional opening weekend at the GHLS when we will be joined on Saturday, May 14th and Sunday, May 15th (from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) by the Confederation of Marine Modellers who will demonstrating their exquisite scale ship and boat models and operating them on a man-made pond. Also joinign us will a group dedicated to building impressive models of almost anything from Meccano construction sets which were immensely popular in the past century.
The event will be held on the grounds of the Hamilton Museum of Steam and Technology which is also well worth a visit as they have one of the last two preserved massive walking beam water-pumping engines in North America. It is a magnificent machine to watch in operation and is housed in the impressive structure shown in the attached photo.
And the best news of all is that the event is free although we do encourage donations to help us further develop our operations. It is only an hour’s drive from Toronto to the museum. Just go across the Burlington Skyway bridge on the QEW towards Niagara Falls, turn left at the end of Woodward Avenue exit ramp and the museum is on your left.
For more information, visit GHLS by clicking here and the Steam and Technology museum by clicking here.
Posting and pictures by Russ Milland