6 September 2022
It’s September and that means the Mega Train Hobby Show and Sale is on and slated for September 24th and 25th at Red River Exhibition Place, 3977 Portage Avenue. Susan Dorge, secretary at the Winnipeg Railway Museum and one of the major Mega Train organizers wrote our guest blog this time. Take it away Susan.
Thank you, Winnipeg Railway Museum, for being a sponsor of Manitoba Mega Train Hobby Show and Sale. Without local support, we could not in turn give back to our community.
“Mega Train” started as a train show over 10 years ago at the Canlan IcePlex (the old Highlander) on Ellice Ave. The Winnipeg Model Railroad Club (WMRC) and VecTor Garden trains came together to offer a fun weekend of riding an in-door train, seeing different layouts, and an opportunity to purchase some train items. It soon became clear that this venue was too small and that there was an opportunity to expand and include other hobbies.
In it’s 4th year, Mega Train took a chance, booked the Red River Ex Building and branched out to include other hobbies as well as other layouts and displays from outside of Manitoba. LEGO’s (largest display in Manitoba), remote control boats, military miniatures, plastic modelers all joined in. Entries from Saskatchewan and Alberta joined in. CN, CP and Prairie Dog Central joined in. Families got together and created different layouts or displays for the event. Toss in face painting and balloon art and we moved from a train show to a great, affordable family event.
It takes a lot of organizing and manpower to pull together something of this size, over 35000 square feet of “fun,” and it takes a community to support it. This year we have 16 different layouts and over 10 displays! So… the more the merrier and, since the Winnipeg Railway Museum has supported Mega Train, we hope that you will come out to the Red River Ex Building and say hello. We’ll be there so come visit our table and support the Museum.
Invite all you know to this MEGA TRAIN and please share this message!