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"The Signs!" at the PNE's Vancouver Model Train Expo.
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby bert425 » Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:04 pm

BILL !!!

that's why you don't put off things :(. . . . . why didn't you do the houses when you wanted to? (it's not like you'd have repeated them, right? so use the pass when you can).

I'm sorry it put a damper on your night, but at least you had a good time until the discovery of the missing badge.

glad that you enjoyed the parts you did, and that burger looks good.
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:34 pm

^ Oh I had a great time! Always do, with Fright Nights. (All things considered.)
I was right there at 7 pm too, so I got a good 3+ hours in (intending to leave by 11).

And I did the houses when I wanted to, really! I just did it in a plan (from last year that worked)
that got screwed up after the 5th Haunt House, LOL! Life, y' know? And these were actually all the
same Haunt Houses that they had going, last year, too. So it was easy to be casual, and have a
really nice laid back visit to FN.

No worries, really. I was really bummed out about it when it happened, but once I got over it,
I shrugged and walked around for a couple more photos, made the phone call, and left the building...

So-to-speak. :wink:

And the evening did end with a really Awesome Burger, too!
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"What The Fudge?" also had Pumpkin Spice CANDY FLOSS too! But I didn't want to go there at ~ all, lol.
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Also, Remember People! VOTE in NOVEMBER! Like we did, in Oct. (o; This is our front yard, btw. And our dear old car.
Actually, the purple sign is new, and for a separate vote in November! I was corrected by my partner David....damn him. :P
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:20 pm

A reminder for the weekend, for all you model train freeks out here in Vancouver, and beyond.
I'm going to it tomorrow afternoon. I'm hoping that somebody put together a mini-amusement
rides carnival (working too!) with their train set... And will do a TR afterwards. :smile:

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Where it takes place - The Forum bldg.
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Sat Nov 10, 2018 7:23 am

Very fun! We went to a model train museum in Minneapolis that had an amusement park set, it was really great.
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Sat Nov 10, 2018 4:28 pm

^ Yeah, I was hoping that there would be something similar at this EXPO. Not to be, sadly. A single flat ride at one layout, and a LEGO coaster
at another. And...that was it. :sad: But no matter. If I ever get into this hobby (ha), I would certainly set up an amusement park worth of
ooohs and ahhhs from the kids. And the adults, too. :wink:

The Vancouver Model Train EXPO


I figured it would be slammed all day Sunday, so going to it today seemed better. It was. Lots and lots of people there today, to be sure.
But manageable, and since I wasn't buying anything, I didn't feel to crowded in etc.

But before I went into the Forum bldg, I took a few shots of Playland, since it's now closed up for Winter, not to re-open until the Spring.
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Even the entry plaza is blocked off, now.
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Noted. and thank you, too!
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Mmmm wish Coaster was running now. Great clear day for it.
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Pumpkin Head is down and ready to be stored till next Halloween.
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Interesting that they still had the mini golf fountain going.
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On the way back to the main entrance, I stopped Momiji Gardens for a rest.
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(To be continued...)
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Sat Nov 10, 2018 4:49 pm

Chugging Along.... ;)

So, all in one big building were trains. Model trains in all shapes, sizes, and composition (plastic, metal, even wooden ones!). And honestly,
if I had decided right then and there to start this hobby, with a few thou$and dollar$ in hand (and the credit cards) I could easily get an entire
train set today, with all the frills, gadgets, geegaws, and miniature everything my heart desired.

And though I was tempted by a couple of things that caught my eye, I didn't buy anything.

Here's the first set of photos I took...
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We go this way.
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Big honkin' truck outside.
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It transports a mini-train? Cool!
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They covered up the PNE Marketplace sign. But it's an easy in, easy out (with a hand stamp).
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First view of the entire setup. Smaller booths were around the perimeter of it.
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How to make trees.
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For example... it's really a beautiful little setting that was created.
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Showing how trees are made.
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Tools one needs for making trees (and everything else by hand).
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I love looking at miniature buildings for this hobby.
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A very simple layout.
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Chapter clubs of the main Hobby Train Club in BC.
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Making bridges.
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This immediately reminded me of Disney Parks!
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The other end of the Forum bldg.
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Junior Engineers most welcome.
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They even got Hogwarts and a Quidditch match setup for a train (Hogwarts Express?) to run around!
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Something to actually RIDE here. Adults, too. I resisted. (o;
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One of the Silent Auction items available. Pretty. (To be continued...)
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby ytterbiumanalyst » Sat Nov 10, 2018 5:41 pm

Nrthwnd wrote:^ Yeah, I was hoping that there would be something similar at this EXPO. Not to be, sadly. A single flat ride at one layout, and a LEGO coaster
at another. And...that was it. :sad:

Oh well. Looks good though.
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Sat Nov 10, 2018 6:04 pm

^ It was really overwhelming, to be honest. I haven't been to one of these hobby fairs for many years.
Only recently, with David's involvement with lapidary work, have I revisited Rock & Gem shows, heh.

And yes, without having anything "favourite" to look out for, it was a pleasant visit. And seeing all the
kids go nuts over the children's size train sets etc. was really cool to see. It makes me wish my dad
took me to these things. I usually had to find out about them, on my own.

The sales areas were nuts. And cluttered with so many varieties of train scale accessories, etc.
My eyes grew wide at how many of everything people were selling, and buying.

More later. And to be honest, I am going back tomorrow. :shockr: Reason is, I missed one of
A Small, But A-May-Zing Displays that really REALLY caught my eye, there. And I didn't take -
one - friggin - pic of it! :sad: I mean, this really caught my attention, and yet, I didn't appear
smart enough, at that moment, to take any photos!

Idiot me. Stay TOOT! TOOT! tuned....
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One of the other awesome "forest scenes" that was created by the tree makers. (o:
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Sun Nov 11, 2018 4:45 pm

Buy! Buy!.....and Bye?

The next set of photos starts in the back corner of the Forum bldg, where it was nonstop sales of anything and everything
that has to do with choo choos. Used stuff, new stuff, stuff that connects to other stuff.

And then there was this great mini train for the kids, that the big truck outside had hauled to the EXPO. Really great work
especially the "dome car."

And in the end, I thought I had seen everything and gotten enough photos, etc.etc. But for some reason, back home I kept
thinking there was "something" I really liked, but had missed in taking photos of. Then it hit me...The Signs! I had to go
back and get photos of The Signs in that one display.

So I went back on Sunday. Photos to follow.... :wink:
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Choo Choo Choo-ing your wallet up.
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A bunch of stuff to buy.
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Rack and racks of it.
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The Mini Train!
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It really looked great.
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Including this awesome Dome Car, between the engine and the caboose.
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Great craftsmanship in this.
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Ooooooo Shinkansens?
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I still don't get why cocktail bar candle holders are here.
Whatever. Somebody will probably buy them.
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Shinkansen? No, not to be I found out. BUt the guy running them told me they were designed
after fast trains in Europe....Ice Trains! I knew of those having ridden them between Amsterdam
and Paris. We also talked why there aren't a lot of Mag Lev trains in the world, either. Good chat.
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Small town in the woods.
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Perfectly normal here. A chuck wagon train heading past a Petroleum Plant. Normal.
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Ha - "Sound of Music" Sing-a-Long in there I betcha.
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Mmmmm flat ride.......nom nom nom.
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A mess of stuff, not really matching each other's size, etc.
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LEGO!
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A Coaster! It ran a few times. Not much else to it.
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Either an actual earthquake here, an earthquake attraction, or a movie set?
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One more woods' scene before I left for home.
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Re: Playland (PNE) Vancouver Discussion Thread

Postby Nrthwnd » Sun Nov 11, 2018 5:49 pm

"The Signs! Those Little Signs!"

What I returned to the Train EXPO to see more closely, AND make sure some photos were taken,
was this small but very busy train display, that also included this GI-normous number of
lit signs in it. Some blinked on and off, others had patterns to cycle through, others just stayed
on and that was fine with them, lol. :wink:

It's really a unique display and I was wondering why more of the other train hobbyists didn't have
a few of them (not the huge # this guy had) in their displays.

But that was okay. And the guy who owned this lit-up set-up gave me the company's name...
Miller Engineering ~ https://www.microstru.com/index.html It's quite the site to browse through.

So here's my photos of The Signs!, as well a few others I missed in my first visit....

p.s. The site for the last photos is..... https://www.circuswest.com/
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Here I go again.... but my hand stamp was still clear, and the guy let me in, no problem.
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This is it. A jumble of little buildings with small gauge trains running around them. But then you look closer and...
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...these signs are all blinking on and off, in sections, in patterns...
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A few in the back.
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"Y - - -"
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Very detailed they were.
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Biggest of the bunch.
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After this one, I went elsewhere.
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Back to the LEGO layout. With The Coaster.
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Turns out this is an Earthquake! movie set.
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And among these various, non-related buildings....
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...Was this motorcycle shop, with "the cute one in the doorway." (Bet it's a Heck's Angels Club.)
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I don't think they're speaking to each other, any more. )o:
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Nice, they put another one out, at another corner of the layout...TRAIN ORGY!!! And then I left the building, to find....
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What's this? What's this? In the Agrodome Bldg?
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(After looking it up) It's a CIRCUS SCHOOL! For anybody and everybody, young and old.
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Ended the afternoon with an A&W burger and ringy dings, and a coffee.
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Coming up next year for us. But....Spring Break? ~~~ Eep.
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