Edmonton and Calgary.

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Sir_Tainly, Oct 14, 2004.

  1. Sir_Tainly

    Sir_Tainly Member

    Hi All, :)

    I'm going to be in Calgary and Edmonton for a few days in January next year, basically splitting a week's vacation between the two. What is there to see and do train related that is open in Jan. I realise the rail museum will be closed, :( but since the trip is to see what both cities are like before applying for permanent resident status, I'm sure I'll get a chance to revisit that when it's open. Also are there any model train stores that cater for N Gauge? Would be rather nice to take home some trains! :)

    Lastly any Gaugers in those areas who'd like to meet up for a beer, that'd be pretty cool too :)


  2. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Both cities have light rail lines (tramways) and they have 2 different styles. Calgary has Heritage Park -- pioneer village place with trains, also 2 storey outhouse.
    Edmonton has rail service connection to outside world; Calgary gets land cruise trains.
    Special note: Calgary denotes streets by the quadrant of the city they're in e.g. NE, SW, not by direction.
  3. Sir_Tainly

    Sir_Tainly Member

    Thanks for that David, since I won't have a car for the week, I'm sure I will be using the light rail a fair bit.

    By land cruise trains, do you mean the Rocky Mountaineer etc ? I'd love to get some photo's of that as I'd like to model it in N some day.

  4. Lighthorseman

    Lighthorseman Active Member

    Headed West, Eh?

    Well, as usual, there is an open invitation to all and any Gauge members to drop into my place, about 30 minutes west of Edmonton. I'll see to it that the layout is presentable for a tour... :thumb:

    PM me, if you're interested...
  5. rockislandmike

    rockislandmike Active Member

    No exclusive N-gauge stores here in Edmonton. No particular places to visit either (although one of the old train stations has been converted into a bar that's pretty fun). The CN mainline cuts through the city just above Yellowhead Trail, always tons of trains to see if you're interested in that.
  6. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    I see the weather for Edmonton this week includes snow. :cry:
    I think the land cruise trains have packed up and gone south for the season.
    The Canadian goes through Edmonton; it runs 3 days a week in each direction, but I think both trains go through on one day (one in the morning, one in the evening).
  7. Tileguy

    Tileguy Member

    Good thing your in N scale, I hear those only One O gauger in the entire province :D
    Good for you Lighthorse :)
  8. Sir_Tainly

    Sir_Tainly Member

    rockislandmike: Thanks for that, I'd love to go and get some photo's of real trains but I guess that'll depend on the weather. Don't fancy standing around waiting for a train if it's -51C as I'm told it was last Jan :)

    60103: I'll have to see if it's going through and have my camera handy.

    Tileguy: Which amazes me, in the UK where we have no space, O is popular, and in Canada where space is a given, N is more popular. :) Maybe it's just the idea that you can really go to town on a project, and don't have to apply compression nearly as much ?
  9. rockislandmike

    rockislandmike Active Member

    -51C is a bit of a stretch. -10C to -20C would probably be closer to "normal" for January.
  10. Sir_Tainly

    Sir_Tainly Member

    Positively summery then ;) If it is I should be ok having worked in an industrial freezer before which was at -24, and survived that without resorting to wearing furs! :)

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