Thursday, July 28, 2011

Canada Central Closure Update

As has been widely reported, including on this blog, Montreal's Canada Central HO scale club layout—one of the largest in Canada—lost its home of 38 years in March. The final open house will be held October 29-30, after which the layout will be dismantled.

Club members are searching for a new home, but have been unable to find one—finding affordable and suitable space isn't easy.

But, as with other situations like this, the loss of space might be a mixed blessing. On the one hand, it is sad to lose a layout, especially as one as old and lauded as the Canada Central. A lot of memories are packed into every square inch of scenery.

On the other hand, it gives club members a chance to start afresh, should they find a new space—they could do things like eliminate duckunders, get rid of too-steep grades and operational bottlenecks, and use updated scenery and other techniques, among other things.

If you can't get to the layout before it disappears, here are a few more photos. Enjoy!

(A reflection on the demise of Canada Central, along with a Buddhist-like reflection on the transitory nature of model railroad layouts, can be found here.)

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