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TRIX at THE GREAT BRITISH TRAIN SHOW

BRAMPTON, ONTARIO, CANADA - APRIL 29/30TH 2006

For only the second time ever, Trix was represented at The Great British Train Show (GBTS), a bi-annual event that features model trains of primarily British manufacture.  It is held in Brampton, Ontario, Canada (a little west of Toronto) and is organized by “The Platelayers” (http://www.theplatelayers.org/), a group of model train enthusiasts in Southern Ontario.

Keith Jones' 6’x 4’ portable Bakelite track was on show. The layout is self-contained on a single baseboard for ease of assembly and operation.

 

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GBTS

2006

Main locos running included a pre-war maroon LMS Compound, a green 50’s Flying Scotsman, a green 0-6-2 (dressed up as GWR), several 0-4-0s and 4-4-0s and a DC conversion American switcher loco. All did sterling service for the two days. The Ruston Hornsby diesel shunter was kept on standby ready to haul the train of dump wagons between the conveyor chute and unloading bin. (A DC loco is so much easier to shuffle under the loading chute or over the magnetic rail!)

The layout is a slightly expanded version of the pre-wired Table Top Master layout plan that Trix sold in the 1950s. It is complete with block signaling/train control at most point sets. In addition all sidings are automatically isolated by Trix Express relays that operate in tandem with the post-war remote points, so up to nine trains can be parked and isolated while two others are running. These relays are hidden under the Manyways terminal buildings so they are accessible from above if needed. Signalling is provided by 14 sets of colour light signals, most also operated from the TE relays.

A 2-4-2 Continental Tank Loco passes at speed, hauling a long train of LMS coaches.  

A Warship and an EM1 ran for a while along with a pre-war Coronation. 

Chris Ricketts supplied some rolling stock including a US outline passenger loco and some 0-4-0s. Charles Clarke brought along a blue Scotsman and a seven car Southern EMU that saw considerable use. A Diesel Flyer and DC Meteor ran as well. There was rarely a time when two trains were not running, for a total of 13 hours during the two days (plus the set-up and testing before the show). 

Photos from TTRCA Event GBTS Toronto, Canada, 2006

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