Tuesday, April 3, 2007 at 9:14 am

Kemptville Toy and Train Show

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Lionel Acela I’m always surprised at just how many train shows take place within a few hours’ drive. This past weekend we stopped by the Kemptville Toy and Train Show, which takes place in Kemptville, Ontario, a bedroom community south of Ottawa. I took a lot of pictures and have put together a collection of them. Probably the smallest show I’ve yet seen, but it was typical of the form: some Lionel and G scale displays, a modular layout (just one this time, in HO scale, from the Morrisburg Model Railroad Club), and a whole bunch of booths selling everything from videos to model railroad equipment to railroad fetish objects (what else would you call obsolete timetables and other company castoffs?) to just plain junk. The highlight, though, was the amazing, award-winning Limpley Wharf layout, which packs a lot of animated whimsy into a tiny, 5×3-foot N-scale layout.

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