Last weekend Janna and I headed to the new location of the Vermont Rails Train Show: the Collins Perley Athletic Center in St. Albans, VT. Held on the skating rink of the facility, the train show benefits from its new location, which boasts some natural light, a smoother surface to walk on, wider aisles between tables and, very importantly, a shorter distance between accessible parking and the front door. [Now if only the front door had accessible buttons to open it.]
To my disappointment, I did not meet Barb Pitfido, the goddess of Lego layouts. We did, however, see the greatest development ever in the history of toy trains: a scratch-built working locomotive and rolling stock in 1:6 scale! Yes! Trains in the right size for my dolls!
The lovely model, of Canadian origin, came down from Maine for the show. Owner Jeremy Gay runs his ES44DC and rolling stock on the Washington County Railroad. Located in Cherryfield, Maine, WCRR is a privately owned model railroad with a track gauge of 7.5″. Essentially, the trains are roughly 1:6 scale.
In talking to Jeremy, I discovered two pieces of information: 1) He and his train are returning for next year’s show. 2) He doesn’t mind if I bring figures next year and hang them all over the train. Watch for more cool pictures in 12 months!